A Georgia Southern student was one of the Marines killed at Chattanooga’s Navy Support Center on Thursday.
Although names of those killed have not been officially released, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that one of the dead is Skip Wells of Marietta.
According to his Facebook page, Wells studied history at Georgia Southern.
CNN is reporting that many members of Wells’ family, including his mother, served in the military, Garrett Reed said. Wells loved being part of his high school’s JROTC, or Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, program.
“He loved his country,” said Reed, a close friend since fourth grade who considered Wells’ mother his own “second mother.”
And Wells, himself, was loved by those who knew him.
“He was a real genuine guy, he had a real caring spirit, (and was a) funny dude,” Reed said. “Just a real, real nice guy. You couldn’t find a nicer guy than him.”