Grantsburg holds emotional vigil for Marine slain in Chattanooga mass shooting


Mourners gathered in Grantsburg, Wisconsin, Friday night to hold a vigil for slain Marine Carson Holmquist, with his parents among those in attendance.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Holmquist was one of five Marines killed after suspected gunman Mohammed Youssuf Abdulazeez opened fire at two military sites in Chattanooga on Thursday.

The 25-year-old was raised in the small Wisconsin town a few miles from the Minnesota border, and graduated from Grantsburg High School in 2008, KARE 11 reports.

And it was at the high school that a vigil attended by his father and stepmother was held Friday night, with his aunt Mickey Mikeworth telling the TV station: "He came from a good town, full of good people."

"It's a very patriotic community, it's a difficult day for Grantsburg. A lot of people are hurting," high school Principal Josh Watt told the Star Tribune. "It's shocking, this whole series of events."

The newspaper reports that Sgt. Homquist's father Tom was working a shift as a machinist at the Parker Hannifin engineering plant in town when two Marines delivered the news about his son's death.

Sgt. Holmquist joined the Marine Corps in 2009, a year after graduating high school, according to the Washington Post, who said as a youth he was an "avid outdoorsman" who spent time hunting and fishing in the woods and lakes in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

His wife Jasmine is a native of St. Croix Falls, the newspaper says, and the pair had a 2-year-old son, Wyatt.

The Washington Post added that Sgt. Holmquist was trained as an automotive technician with the Marines, and was deployed to Afghanistan from September 2013 to May 2014.

"I remember when Carson came back from boot camp and he walked into the building here and he was dressed in his blues and was so proud of his accomplishments in becoming a Marine," Watt told WCCO. "It’s something I’ll always remember."

It's been reported Saturday morning that a fifth Marine shot by Abdulazeez – who was killed by police after the rampage – has died from his injuries, according to the BBC.

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