Baker Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Shooting Victims

ThinkstockPhotos-495514383BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered U.S. and state flags on public buildings in Massachusetts be lowered to half-staff in honor of the four Marines killed in Tennessee.

The order took effect at sunrise on Friday.

It applies to the main or administration building of each public institution, including town and city halls and all state military installations.

In a statement, Baker said the tragedy is “made worse by the fact that the brave individuals whose lives were taken answered the call to serve and protect our nation.” He said the prayers of Massachusetts were with the wounded and loved ones of those who died.

Authorities say a 24-year-old, Kuwait-born engineer killed the Marines at two military facilities in Chattanooga on Thursday. The alleged shooter was shot and killed by police.

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