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The suspect in the death of 21-year-old U.S. Marine Cpl. Tyler Wallingford, who was fatally shot in the barracks of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort more than nine months ago, was found guilty in military court of involuntary manslaughter earlier this month and sentenced to more than five years.
There's one moment that plays over and over in her head. She recalled a time he wore his military uniform in public, and he felt uncomfortable when people approached and thanked him for his service.
"I haven't done anything yet," Michele Makucevich said, recalling Josh Watson's words. She framed her response in a way that would make him feel less self-conscious; she encouraged him to accept the gratitude from strangers for the soldiers and sailors he represented.
"Who would have thought," Makucevich said, less than two weeks after Watson was killed. "It would end up this way."
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
In the wake of a deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola earlier this month, a number of Navy pilots, including two instructors at the affected Florida base, wrote a letter to lawmakers and senior military officials demanding to be armed on base, Fox News reported Sunday.
"It is reprehensible that a military installation, much less its warfighters based there, be at the mercy of off-base, civilian law enforcement when faced with an immediate threat to their lives," the letter obtained by Fox News said.
The Saudi national who killed three students on a U.S. Naval Air station in Pensacola was in the United States on a training exchange program.
On Sunday, Sen. Rick Scott said the United States should suspend that program, which brings foreign nationals to America for military training, pending a "full review."
The FBI is treating the recent shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, as a terrorist attack, several media outlets reported on Sunday.
"We work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism," USA Today quoted FBI Agent Rachel Rojas as saying at a news conference.
The three sailors whose lives were cut short by a gunman at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, on Friday "showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil," said base commander Navy Capt. Tim Kinsella.
Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were killed in the shooting, the Navy has announced.