Grand Forks airman killed as the result of domestic violence, parents say

Julia LeDoux
June 03, 2020 - 9:55 am
Grand Forks

United States Air Force

A female Airman killed in a shooting Monday at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota died as the result of domestic violence, according to a statement released by Natasha Aposhian's parents.

"We’re torn apart by the loss of our daughter to a senseless act of domestic violence," wrote Brian Murray and Megan Aposhian. "Natasha had recently joined the Air Force and was just starting to embark on a career serving her country. It’s a tragedy she won’t get to fulfill her hopes and dreams. We ask that you pray for her, our family and the countless victims of these crimes.”

Aposhian, 21, of Phoenix, Arizona, had recently begun her career in the Air Force, her parents said.

The shooting occurred at about 4:30 a.m. June 1 in an on-base dormitory on the base that primarily hosts single, enlisted airmen early in their military careers, Staff Sgt. Elijaih Tiggs, spokesman for the wing, told Stars & Stripes.

Two airmen shot dead at Grand Forks Air Force Base

The names of the airmen involved have not officially been released by base officials and the family did not identify the second victim or that person’s relationship with their daughter, Stripes reported.

Mental health care has been made available to those impacted by the shooting. 

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