Local Marines pledge support for Chattanooga shooting victims

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JACKSON, Tenn— Marines here in West Tennessee pledge to help the families of the four Marines that lost their lives in the Chattanooga shooting on Thursday. “It’s just a camaraderie that you can’t explain,” Bryce West, the Commandant for the Captain Jack Holland Marine Corps League said. “When something happens to our brothers, we hurt too.” Casey Palmer, a photojournalist for WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News, is an officer in the Marine Corps League. “Anytime a Marine is killed in combat, we take it very very close to heart. When four Marine recruiters are killed at a desk job, recruiting, it almost makes you cry. There is no reason for that to happen in the United States of America,” Palmer said. West said he plans on reaching out to the Marine Corps League chapter in Chattanooga to see what the Marines here can do. “We’re gonna help out in any way we can be it monetary or or otherwise but we’re gonna help how we can,” West said. Palmer said this act of terrorism is a tragic loss for the Marine Corps. “To serve at a desk job, and to recruit freedom, recruit freedom in the United States of America, and to be gunned down when they are unarmed, it’s…I’m at a loss for words. This is just…this is sad,” Palmer said. The Marine Corps members said a prayer and had a moment of silence, remembering those who lost and the families they leave behind.

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