CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) -- Friends and family in Corinth are mourning the death of 23-year old Jacob Wooley, a Marine shot and killed in a an incident at Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia Thursday.
"The best thing about Jacob was you knew what he loved," said Jessie Perriman, a long time friend. "There was no question that he loved his mom, he loved his country. His friends and family were top. And most of all you knew he loved God. You did not know Jacob Wooley without knowing how on fire for God he was. He actually has preached a couple of sermons and has led people to the Lord. The common reaction to all of this is at least we know where he is now."
We talked with some of Jacob Wooley's friends in Cornith who said that if you knew the 23-year-old Marine when he grew up in Alcorn County, it was really not a shock to anyone that he joined the Marine Corps.
Rebecca Lewis was a teacher at Alcorn Central where her son and Jacob were close friends.
"They were pretty much inseparable," said Lewis. "I just remember fun things, like when he would come to the house, he and my son would fight over the recliner. And Taylor would beat him to it but Jacob wouldn't take no for an answer and he would go pile in on top of Taylor. And you would see them wrestle over who got the chair, you know. Or when they were in the back seat just singing to the top of their lungs as we traveled to baseball games."
"We would talk on Facebook and actually -- after he joined the Marines -- we'd keep up through Facebook and talk. I saw him a few years ago but this last time when he came home I wasn't able to go see him," friend Taylor Wilson said. "It's like Ms. Liz said. He was an amazing young man. He was so nice. I lost someone close to me in the eighth grade and he just held me and told me everything was going to be okay."
Jacob, we are told, was a great athlete, playing all three major sports for the school. They say he was a stand-up guy, who wanted to right what he saw was wrong.
"[He] would protect anyone. He wouldn't let anyone pick on anybody, talk about anybody," friend Cody Kemp said. "He would just make a brighter example and say, 'Come on, don't worry about them.'"
Jacob Wooley was a member of the Marine Corps staff at an officer candidate school in Quantico, Va.
Authorities said Wooley lost his life when another Marine apparently shot him and another woman on base before the shooter killed himself.
A representative with the Corinth VFW chapter says they will lower the flag in front of the facility Sunday afternoon to half-staff in Wooley's honor.