The actions of the brave Marines killed in a terrorist attack last week prevented mass murder from becoming a massacre.
According to a law enforcement officer who spoke to The New York Times, at least some Marines who died in the attacks “effectively sacrificed themselves” to prevent American-born Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez from killing a larger group of people nearby.
“This could have been a lot worse,” said the official, who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation. “It could have been a horrible, horrible massacre — so much worse.”
Law enforcement officials are expected to give a more detailed account of the deadly attack on two military sites last Thursday at a news conference scheduled for later on Wednesday.
The Twitterverse was full of praise for the heroes.
Wow. Marines killed in Chattanooga diverted the gunman away from larger group, sacrificing themselves to save others. http://t.co/lTJZqEFPAY
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 22, 2015
@BraddJaffy true heroes
— Alan (@millwall_alan) July 22, 2015
@BraddJaffy They deserve medals – purple heart or more.
— Linda Baker (@LuckyL8e) July 22, 2015
— DanD66 (@dand66) July 22, 2015
— cgcdrawbias (@cgcdrawbias) July 22, 2015
Bravery personified https://t.co/gOADNgzOgi
— Darthie (@Darth_Mommie) July 22, 2015
@nytimes Their Marines, that says it all. God Bless em.
— edwardlamere (@edwardlamere) July 22, 2015
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