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(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) — Two of the four Marines killed in the Chattanooga shooting have been identified, and one was a Purple Heart recipient who served in Iraq.

Thomas Sullivan died in Thursday’s shooting and his identity was confirmed to ABC News by two senior state officials in his home state of Massachusetts.

The officials told ABC News that Sullivan had served two tours of duty in Iraq and earned a Purple Heart during his service.

Sullivan was a 40-year-old native of Springfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from a local Catholic high school, according to MassLive.

His death was also confirmed on the Facebook page for the India Battery 3rd Battalion 12 Marines, who shared a photo and called for the thoughts and prayers of the group.

“For those who have not heard yet, one of the four Marines murdered today was one of our own — Thomas Sullivan,” the post read.

The second Marine to be publicly identified was Skip Wells, whose death was confirmed to ABC News by a family friend serving as a spokesman. The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that he was 21 years old.

The identities of the other two Marines who were killed in Thursday’s attack have not been released publicly, nor have those of the two service members and one local policeman who were injured.

President Obama called the shooting “heartbreaking” and Vice President Joe Biden extended his sympathies to the families of the victims.

“These … young Marines were part of a generation that is probably the most incredible generation that this country has seen,” Biden said. “Their families have already given a lot to the country, and now this. We will get to the bottom of it.”

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