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Vigil Will Honor Marines Killed In Chattanooga Shooting

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Jul 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 05:51:09-04

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Police in Chattanooga have asked the community to attend a prayer vigil to honor the four U.S. Marines killed in a shooting.

The rampage happened Thursday morning at two military facilities, in what one official called, "an act of domestic terrorism."

Shortly after the shootings, mourners began placing flowers, among other items, at the site of the shootings as a way to pay tribute to the fallen. 

The emotion was strong during a late-night media briefing from officials.

Governor Bill Haslam, along with Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, Rep. Bob Corker and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, each thanked those officials who responded to the scene.

Mayor Berke also discussed in detail the sorrow the senseless act has caused.

"And, the officer, who is my friend, who I hugged and told him good job and he shook a little. That is the reality of what happened today,” he said.

Law enforcement officials have asked the community to show support by attending an interfaith prayer vigil at 5:30 p.m. Friday, at the Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Chattanooga.

The identities of the victims have not yet been released. Three others were injured in the attack.

The alleged shooter has been identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. While his motive remained unknown, NewsChannel 5 has learned Abdulazeez was a naturalized citizen out of Kuwait.

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