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Sailor slain in Tennessee attacks was star baseball player

Caroline Dove holds a photo of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, her boyfriend, in her hands July 17, 2015, at her home in Savannah, Ga. Wells was among four Marines killed July 16, 2015, in an attack at a military training facility in Chattanooga, Tenn. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire Thursday, July 16, 2015, on two U.S. military sites in Chattanooga in an attack that left four Marines dead and raised the specter of terrorism on U.S. soil. He was killed by police.(AP Photo/Russ Bynum)

Four Marines and a sailor were slain in the attacks on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Some of them had deployed overseas and seen battle, others had not.

Here is a look at the victims:


As the nation mourned the Marines, Smith, a logistics specialist in the U.S. Navy, clung to life in a hospital for two days. He died early Saturday.

Smith, 26, grew up in the northwest Ohio city of Paulding. The petty officer 2nd class sailor got a baseball scholarship to play at nearby Defiance College after high school, according to his step-grandmother Darlene Proxmire. But after being sidelined by a shoulder injury, he decided to join the Navy.

He got married a few months after signing up, and had three young daughters.

“He loved his family, baseball and the Navy,” Proxmire said.

Grandmother Linda Wallace said before his death she was upset to learn that there was little security outside the Marine-Navy center.

“I cannot believe our soldiers do not have guns there,” she said. “A lot of people are learning our bases aren’t guarded.”

Wallace she never worried about her grandson serving in the military because he’d always been stationed in the U.S. He was in Norfolk, Virginia, before transferring to Chattanooga.

She said Thursday she was flying on Friday to be with her daughter and her grandson in Chattanooga.

Wallace last saw her grandson on Mother’s Day weekend when he made a surprise visit to her home along with his mother and aunt.



Lance Cpl. Squire Wells, who was known as Skip, was swapping text messages Thursday with his girlfriend of 2

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