1 P.M. UPDATE
The identities of two people killed in a shooting at Grand Forks Air Force Base were announced Wednesday afternoon by base officials.
Natasha Raye Aposhian, 21, and Julian Carlos Torres, 20, were killed in the fatal shooting in a dormitory on June 1. Aposhian was an Airman First Class assigned to the 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron, while Torres was also an Airman First Class assigned to the 319th Security Forces Squadron.
Aposhian's parents released a statement saying their daughter died of domestic violence. Base officials have not announced anything beyond the shooting and identities, saying the investigation is ongoing and expected to continue through the coming weeks.
“This is heartbreaking,” said Col. Cameron Pringle, 319th Reconnaissance Wing commander. “I cannot begin to express the sorrow and pain I feel on behalf of these units and the families affected by this tragedy.
One of two soldiers killed in a shooting Monday morning at Grand Forks Air Force Base has been identified as a 21-year-old woman.
The victim's parents, Brian Murray and Megan Aposhian, issued a statement identifying their daughter as 21-year-old Natasha Aposhian, of Phoenix, Arizona. They said she was a victim of domestic violence.
"We’re torn apart by the loss of our daughter to a senseless act of domestic violence," they wrote, according to Stars and Stripes. "Natasha had recently joined the Air Force and was just starting to embark on a career serving her country. It’s a tragedy she won’t get to fulfill her hopes and dreams. We ask that you pray for her, our family and the countless victims of these crimes.”
According to base officials, the shooting happened around 4:30 a.m. Monday. Two members of the 319th Reconnaissance Wing active duty military members were confirmed as the deceased, though the base has yet to officially identity the two.
Grand Forks Air Force Base has not confirmed the report of domestic violence.
"Yesterday, we announced the deaths of two of our fellow Warriors of the North in a shooting incident in the dorms. I cannot begin to express the sorrow and pain we feel on behalf of these units and the families affected by this tragedy," said 319th Commander Cameron S. Pringle.
No further information has been released and the investigation is ongoing.
The number to contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233.