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Hundreds mourn Georgia victim of Chattanooga military attacks

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MARIETTA, Ga. – A large crowd has gathered at a suburban Atlanta high school to remember a Marine who was fatally shot in an attack on military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Sprayberry High School in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta hosted a vigil for Lance Cpl. Squire Wells on Tuesday evening. Wells, known as "Skip," attended Sprayberry and Georgia Southern University before enlisting in the Marine Corps.

Skip Wells was another of those gunned down, according friends of his family. A 2012 graduate of Sprayberry High in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia, Wells was studying history at Georgia Southern University.
Skip Wells was another of those gunned down, according friends of his family. A 2012 graduate of Sprayberry High in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia, Wells was studying history at Georgia Southern University.

Wells' last two words as he was texting his girlfriend Thursday were "ACTIVE SHOOTER."

During the ceremony, ROTC instructor Lt. Commander Dennis Wonders read final orders relieving Wells of duty and officials said a memorial plaque would be installed on campus in his honor.

Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered flags to fly at half-staff for Wells and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith of Rossville until July 30.