His short life was not wasted as the shooter intended… Marine Lance Cpl. Skip Wells will forever be the young man/hero who decided to serve his country.
He dedicated his life to help and serve others – to make a real difference for good.
According to those close to him, he knew the dangers of combat and what could await him; but little did he or anyone know that he would die on American soil by a naturalized citizen who was much his own age; whose name does not deserve to be quoted.
He is with His Redeemer for eternity waiting for his loved ones to join him in true paradise. Only God knows where the shooter will spend eternity. While his life was cut short by a ruthless demented individual, he is not gone – just gone before.
While his footprints will no longer be here on earth; he will be marching on streets of gold. No longer will he have to carry that heavy backpack of burdens and worry; but is free from all that life can weigh down on a person. He will no longer have to be “on guard,” to stand ready to fight and die. His battle has been won. The victory is his in Christ Jesus.
The celebration of his life will be conducted tomorrow, Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2 p.m. First Baptist Church of Woodstock, where he was a member. The church is located at 11905 Hwy 92, Woodstock, Georgia. He was originally from Marietta, Georgia. He had only recently enlisted. Governor Nathan Deal has ordered that flags be flown at half-mast in his honor.
According to Atlanta CBS, Skip Wells was serving as a Marine just after finishing boot camp. The station cites a family friend that says the slain Marine “felt called to serve.” He had previously been attending Georgia Southern University, where he was studying history, according to Wells’ personal Facebook profile. The photos that are publicly available on that Facebook profile depict Wells and his fellow corpsmen as they were deployed
For additional news and video from FoxNews follow their coverage of the interview with Skip’s mother.
Skip’s social media photos reflected these strong feelings for the military and his love for his country. Recently he posted:
“Dear people walking and desecrating the National Flag,
Not like people died under that flag to free slaves in 1861-1865, not like the 54th Mass infantry (all black infantry) with their white commander charged into a Fort under that flag. Not like MLK jr [sic] marched while CARRYING that flag. Not like myself and countless others have fought and died under that flag to provide the blanket of security that you sleep under, it’s okay you feel so strongly? How about you grab a rifle and stand a post with us… Oh wait of course you don’t know anything about sacrifice or anything of that nature, everything has to be given to you because you “earned it” and you “deserve it” it’s okay, we, the .05 percent of the nation with protect you.
You’re welcome for that blanket,
Veterans and currently serving Military”
Following are statements from Gov. Nathan Deal and Senator David Perdue
“Sandra and I join millions of other Georgians in mourning the senseless loss of one of our own, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, a graduate of Sprayberry High in Marietta killed in the Chattanooga attack yesterday. On the date of his funeral, I will order flags to fly at half-staff in his honor. Georgians offer their condolences to the families of each of these fallen American heroes and to our Tennessee neighbors.”
U.S. Senator David Perdue also released a statement regarding the death of Skip Wells.
“Today we stand with all those impacted by the senseless shootings in Chattanooga. Among those lost was an American hero, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Skip Wells from Georgia, who was a graduate of Sprayberry High School in Cobb County and studied at Georgia Southern University. At a young age, Wells courageously answered the call of duty and enlisted in the Marines to protect our country. His loss is felt across our state and nation, and I join my fellow Georgians in lifting Wells family up in prayer.”
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