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Aurora victim identified as MSU graduate

Josh Pinkard | Photo: MGN Online

One victim in the Aurora shooting has been identified as a Mississippi State University graduate.

Posted: Feb 17, 2019 9:58 PM
Updated: Feb 18, 2019 2:00 PM

AURORA, Ill. (WTVA) - One victim in the Aurora shooting has been identified as a Mississippi State University graduate.

The Reflector reports Josh Pinkard graduated from MSU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.


Gary Martin | Photo: MGN Online

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Those close to him described him as a dedicated MSU fan and God-loving man.

On Monday, MSU released a statement concerning Pinkard's death.

“The MSU family mourns the loss of our beloved alum, who also was a beloved husband and father,” said Sid Salter, MSU chief communications officer. 

Pinkard was one of five victims killed in the shooting on Friday, Feb. 15.

According to The Associated Press, Gary Martin started shooting after learning he was being fired from his job of 15 years at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora.

Martin was later killed during an exchange of gunfire with police officers. 

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