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    Families Press for Investigation of Army Reservist Who Killed 18 in Maine Mass Shooting

    Families Press for Investigation of Army Reservist Who Killed 18 in Maine Mass Shooting

    PORTLAND, Maine — A survivor and family members of those killed in the deadliest mass shooting in Maine history went to Capitol Hill on Thursday to press for an inspector general to obtain answers from the about the mental health and hospitalization of a reservist who opened fire.

    While representing varied political views, the families are united in seeking changes to ensure that what happened on Oct. 25 in Lewiston, Maine, doesn't happen again somewhere else.

    “This has to stop. We think we can stop it right here,” Leroy Walker, father of one of the victims, Joe Walker, told reporters in . He was joined by his daughter-in-law, Tracey Walker, now a widow.

    The group met privately with each member of Maine's congressional delegation and, later, the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention. Two members also attended a vigil for gun violence victims at St. Mark's Episcopal Church that included those affected by other mass shootings.

    All told, 18 people were killed and 13 wounded when a 40-year-old Army reservist opened fire on Oct. 25 at a bowling alley and at a bar. The gunman died by suicide.

    Making the trip to Washington was Alan Nickerson, who survived being shot, along with the Walkers; Arthur Barnard and Kristy Strout, father and widow, respectively, of Arthur “Artie” Strout; and Elizabeth , widow of Joshua Seal, one of four deaf people killed.

    The group wanted to tell their…

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