• Best of the Best: Hero Gives His Life Attempting to Save Victims of Pensacola Shooter

    Surge Summary: One of the fatalities of the Pensacola Naval Air Station shooting was a U.S. Naval Graduate who spent the final moments of his life helping attempting to save the lives of other victims.

    As details emerge regarding the shooting at Pensacola’s Naval Air Station the heartbreak deepens.

    Newser’s Neal Colgrass reports:

    Among three murdered in Friday’s Navy air base attack, one who has been identified is particularly being hailed a hero, per USA Today:

    “Joshua Kaleb Watson saved countless lives today with his own,” his brother, Adam Watson, posted Friday on Facebook. “After being shot multiple times he made it outside and told the first response team where the shooter was and those details were invaluable. He died a hero and we are beyond proud but there is a hole in our hearts that can never be filled.”

    Benjamin Watson, the young man’s father, confirmed the story to the AP. He admitted he’s “just an emotional wreck;” but stressed, “We want my son’s story told.” He relates his son reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola for flight training in November – he wanted to be a pilot. 

    Joshua’s uncle was a former Marine who died in Operation Desert Storm. Joshua was powerfully affected by his passing and became a small-arms teacher, wrestling coach, and rifle-team captain at the Naval Academy. The 23-year-old’s rifle team beat Army’s—the first time in a decade of losses. His father talks about that accomplishment with pride.

    After his son was shot and later died at Baptist Hospital, Watson’s fathers says, “I was texted by one of the officers who said Kaleb had saved lives.”

    It seems like the U.S. Naval Graduate was exactly the kind of young man the United States would want serving in our armed forces. Instead, Joshua Kaleb Watson is gone, his family and others are bereft, and authorities are trying to figure out exactly how this atrocity was allowed to occur.

    Further to that:

    [A]uthorities have identified Kaleb’s killer as a Saudi who was apparently active on social media, per CBS News. “O American people, I’m not against you for being American … I hate you because every day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity,” reads a post linked to the suspect.

    Had that baleful statement been scoped out and traced back to the suspect before he’d perpetrated this heinous crime? It might have constituted a clue — and who knows what could have been prevented?

    Prayers, please, for these families.

    H/T: Newser/Neal Colgrass

    H/T: USA Today/ Pensacola News Journal/Ryan Mills, Kevin Robinson

    Image: Screen Shot; CBS 47; KSEE 24; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUh6c31b-3U

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