An Enterprise High School graduate is among those killed in the active shooter situation at Naval Air Station Pensacola Friday, Dec. 6.
Joshua Watson, an Enterprise High School Class of 2014 graduate, was among the victims of the early morning shooting at the Pensacola, Fla., military installation that left three dead and eight injured.
“The Enterprise community suffered a tremendous blow Friday upon hearing of the death of one of our own, Joshua Watson,” Enterprise Mayor William E. Cooper said in a statement released Saturday, Dec. 7.
“A sailor stationed at Pensacola, young Watson was killed in a senseless active shooter attack at Pensacola Naval Air Base.
“I do not know details of the attack at this time but we know that Joshua was a hero serving his country at the time of his death. I am proud of him for his service and dedication to his country,” Cooper said. On behalf of the Enterprise City Council, we offer our deepest condolences to Joshua’s parents and his family.
“We are shocked and saddened by the loss of this young man, who has been described by EHS officials as an exceptional student with a bright future. We are now left to mourn with Joshua’s family about what might have been,” Cooper added. “He has made the ultimate sacrifice, and though we do not understand the events, we are grateful.
“We ask our community to come together to pray for strength and comfort for Joshua’s parents, to mourn and remember him and to pay tribute to his sacrifice,” he said.
Governor Kay Ivey extends her condolences to the family of Watson and to the city of Enterprise. She has authorized flags be lowered to half-staff in Enterprise in Watson’s honor until after he is laid to rest.