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MARINE42 07-17-2015 02:48 PM

Marine killed in Tennessee attack was a Wisconsin native

Marine killed in Tennessee attack was a Wisconsin native

Flags were lowered to half-staff Friday in Grantsburg, a small Burnett County village and hometown of Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist.

Homquist was one of four Marines killed in attacks on military sites in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Thursday.

"It's a tough time right now," his father, Tom Holmquist of Granstbureg, said in an interview Friday.

He said he did not wish to make any other comment other than: "He was fighting for his country."

Holmquist graduated from Grantsburg High School in 2008, the school's principal, Josh Watt, said.

Watt was then the assistant coach of the football team, for which Holmquist lettered as a defensive back.

"He was a great young man," Watt said. "A hard working young man."

Grantsburg is home to about 1,500 residents and about 300 students are enrolled at its high school.

"We are a tight, close-knit community," Watt said. "It's a really hard day."

News outlets have reported that Holmquist was living in Jacksonville, N.C.

According to the Tennessean, the other victims are Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt of Burke, N.C.; Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan of Hampden, Mass.; and Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells of Cobb Ga.

The gunman, 24-year-old Kuwaiti born Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tenn., did not appear to have been on the radar of federal authorities before the bloodshed Thursday, officials said, and they were still searching for a motive, The Associated Press reported. Abdulazeez was killed by police.

Speaking at one of his presidential campaign events Friday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told the crowd that he had learned only minutes before the identity of Holmquist. The governor led his audience in a moment of silent prayer for Holmquist, the other Marines killed and those wounded.

"It's important for all of us to just think about the families of the four fallen Marines and those of the three (wounded)," Walker said. "Issues like these aren't red or blue, they're red, white and blue. And certainly our heart bleeds for anyone involved in that."

Holmquist joined the Marines on Jan. 20, 2009, and was promoted to sergeant on Aug. 1, 2013, a Marine Corps spokesman said.

An automotive maintence technician, Holmquist put in two combat tours. His medals include the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the NATO-ISAF Service Medal.

Holmquist was on active duty and was assigned to a reserve unit in Chattanooga when he was killed.

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