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« Reply #360 on: November 06, 2009, 05:48:38 PM »

I'm just at a loss for words at how sad this tragedy is. These wonderful, honorable, young people had their entire lives in front of them. I'm going to have to rely on Faith to trust that He can make this right, because everything I can understand just screams that this is so, so wrong. My prayer for the Fallen:


Father, You shaped us from clay and with Your breath we lived. I know Your hand is capable of righting all wrong, and making sense out of chaos. I know that through You, all things are possible. We watch this and other horrors with disbelief and despair, and we would reach out with comfort if we could. Help us remember that the compassion we feel is a dim reflection of You within us, but that You see clearly the same tragedies with Wisdom, Ultimate Love, and Power. Please be with those that are suffering loss and hold close those who are with You as a result of this evil. Their triumph is already realized. Those who are left will struggle, and I pray You will touch them with Your Comforting Hand and calm their troubled spirits. Open our eyes and help us discern and abhor evil, in whatever measure we encountered it. Help us to remember that these are spiritual battles fought and won in Heavenly places. Let us look up, Father, knowing You hear our questions and know the meditations of our hearts. Empower us to be part of Your answers. In Christ's name, we remember the Fallen and offer this prayer.
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« Reply #361 on: November 06, 2009, 06:08:18 PM »

I'm just at a loss for words at how sad this tragedy is. These wonderful, honorable, young people had their entire lives in front of them. I'm going to have to rely on Faith to trust that He can make this right, because everything I can understand just screams that this is so, so wrong. My prayer for the Fallen:


Father, You shaped us from clay and with Your breath we lived. I know Your hand is capable of righting all wrong, and making sense out of chaos. I know that through You, all things are possible. We watch this and other horrors with disbelief and despair, and we would reach out with comfort if we could. Help us remember that the compassion we feel is a dim reflection of You within us, but that You see clearly the same tragedies with Wisdom, Ultimate Love, and Power. Please be with those that are suffering loss and hold close those who are with You as a result of this evil. Their triumph is already realized. Those who are left will struggle, and I pray You will touch them with Your Comforting Hand and calm their troubled spirits. Open our eyes and help us discern and abhor evil, in whatever measure we encountered it. Help us to remember that these are spiritual battles fought and won in Heavenly places. Let us look up, Father, knowing You hear our questions and know the meditations of our hearts. Empower us to be part of Your answers. In Christ's name, we remember the Fallen and offer this prayer.

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« Reply #362 on: November 06, 2009, 06:09:56 PM »


This Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 photo released by the Defense Department shows a first responder to a lone gunman's attack at Fort Hood, salutes at retreat after aiding his fellow Soldiers, at Fort Hood, Texas. An Army psychiatrist suspected of opening fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood cleaned out his apartment and left a phone message saying goodbye to a friend in the days before the rampage that left 13 people dead, neighbors said Friday. (AP Photo/Defense Department)
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« Reply #363 on: November 06, 2009, 06:18:46 PM »

 
Kelvyn Park High School graduate Francheska Velez, 21, had just returned from Iraq, and was pregnant, her uncle told CBS 2. She had been in the Army since February 2007, according to her Facebook page.

The military has not confirmed the names of the 13 people killed.

Unnamed sources told Fox Chicago that Velez had only been back on base for three days and was in the building where the gunman opened fire to fill out paperwork related to her pregnancy.

Velez is the second Chicago-area casualty of the rampage. Army private first class Michael Pearson of Bolingbrook was also killed in the shooting spree, the worst on an army base in U.S. history.

UPDATE The AP's report on Velez:




Francheska Velez

Velez, 21, of Chicago, was pregnant and preparing to return home. A friend of Velez's, Sasha Ramos, described her as a fun-loving person who wrote poetry and loved dancing.



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« Reply #364 on: November 06, 2009, 06:21:25 PM »

A second Wisconsin resident died in the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas, according to a family member.

Russell Seager, 51, of Mount Pleasant, was killed in the shootings, according to his uncle Larry Seager, who lives in Mauston.

Larry Seager described his nephew as a "quiet helper" who joined the military a few years ago.

Seager was licensed as a registered nurse and advanced practice nurse prescriber who worked at Zablocki VA Medical Center said Seager worked there as a primary caregiver and provided mental health services to patients.

He has taught classes at Bryant & Stratton College in Milwaukee since 2005 and was pursuing a doctorate of education. "I don't think he missed a year of school since he was 18," Larry Seager said. "He just had to keep learning."

Larry Seager said he was surprised when he learned his nephew had joined the military, but that working with soldiers fit with his personality.

"I imagine he read about the boys and girls having trouble and he wanted to help out," the uncle said.

A profile of Seager produced by WUWM-FM in August says Seager led a mental health team at the VA and served patients ranging from 20-year-olds just back from Iraq and Afghanistan to veterans in their 80s and 90s.

"I've always had a great deal of respect for the military and for service, and I just felt it was time that I stepped up and did it, actually," he said in the radio station's profile. "I mean, it sounds corny and patriotic, but when you talk to people that decide to do this, the feelings are similar."

Family members of Amy Krueger of Kiel say she was also killed. The Army said 13 people were killed by a shooter on the Texas base Thursday afternoon.

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« Reply #365 on: November 06, 2009, 06:24:55 PM »

(CBS)  In the wake of the mass shooting at Fort Hood Thursday, which left 13 dead and at least 30 wounded, CBS News can confirm the following casualties.

Confirmed Dead:

Jason Dean Hunt, 22, from Oklahoma. Hunt's family has confirmed his death.

PFC Michael Pearson, 21, from Bolingbrook, Ill.

Amy Krueger, from Kiel, Ind. Joined the military soon after graduating high school in 1998 and made a career as a soldier.

Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, from Utah.


Confirmed wounded:

• Police Officer Kimberly Munley. She was praised as the first responder responsible for shooting the suspected gunman four times while being shot once herself in the back. She was also reportedly grazed in the head. According to military officials, she is stable and recovering.

Grant Moxon, 23, from Lodi, Wisconsin. Moxon, a mental health specialist, arrived at Fort Hood just Wednesday and was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. He was reportedly sitting in a processing room when he heard a commotion. He was soon face to face with the gunman and was shot in the leg.

Joey Foster, 21, of Ogden Utah; His wife Mandy said he grabbed as many injured people as he could and ran for cover. "Then he realized that he'd been shot 20 minutes after sitting behind the wall," she said. Foster is scheduled for surgery Friday to remove fragments of the bullets.

• Corporal Nathan Hewitt of Lafayette, Ind.; He was reportedly shot through the calf with one bullet and was grazed along the hip with another. Neither injury is considered life-threatening.

Keara Bono, of Independence, Missouri.

Amber Bahr, of Random Lake, Wisconsin. According to her family, Bahf was shot in the back and is undergoing tests. Her mother, Lisa Pfund, said Bahr told her she went running when shots rang out and didn't realize she had been hit until she went to the emergency room.

George Stratton III, 18, from Post Falls, Idaho; He was reportedly shot while standing five feet from the gunman.

Matthew Cooke, of New York

• Staff. Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, of Richmond County, N.C.; He was reportedly shot three or four times. Two of the bullets have been removed.

Ray Saucedo of Lansing, Mich.; His wife said he was not shot, but was taken to the hospital to treat a flesh wound to his arm. She said he is physically fine and is back to work Friday, but remains upset at the death of one of his best friends.

Joy Clark, of Des Moines, Iowa.; Reportedly shot in the arm, she is in stable condition and awaiting surgery.


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Confirmed DEAD

Russell Seager

Seager was a nurse practitioner in the primary care area at the VA Medical Center. He was killed at Fort Hood Thursday, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Seager joined the Army Reserve about four years ago and was reportedly looking forward to his deployment to Iraq.

Francheska Velez

Velez, 21, of Chicago, was three months pregnant and preparing to return home from a tour of duty in Iraq. She was due home by December to begin her maternity leave.

A friend of Velez's, Sasha Ramos, described her as a fun-loving person who wrote poetry and loved dancing.

"She was like my sister," Ramos, 21, said. "She was the most fun and happy person you could know. She never did anything wrong to anybody."

Family members said Velez had recently returned from deployment in Iraq and had sought a lifelong career in the Army.

"She was a very happy girl and sweet," said her father, Juan Guillermo Velez, his eyes red from crying. "She had the spirit of a child."

Ramos, who also served briefly in the military, couldn't reconcile that her friend was killed in this country - just after leaving a war zone.

"It makes it a lot harder," she said. "This is not something a soldier expects - to have someone in our uniform go start shooting at us."
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« Reply #366 on: November 06, 2009, 06:29:54 PM »

Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Maj. Hassan, A Mystery

Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan Accused Of Fatally Shooting 13, Wounding 38 Soldiers At Base
Sources: Hasan Was Against Upcoming Deployment To Iraq; Witnesses Claim He Yelled 'God is Great!' Before Opening Fire


As if going off to war, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan cleaned out his apartment, gave leftover frozen broccoli to one neighbor and called another to thank him for his friendship -- common courtesies and routines of the departing soldier. Instead, authorities say, he went on the killing spree that left 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, dead.

Investigators examined Hasan's computer, his home and his garbage Friday to learn what motivated the suspect, who lay in a coma, shot four times in the frantic bloodletting that also wounded 38. Hospital spokeswoman Maria Gallegos said Friday Hasan was in stable condition in the intensive care unit at the hospital on Fort Sam Houston outside San Antonio, about 150 miles southwest of Fort Hood.

Hospital officials said some of the wounded had extremely serious injuries and might not survive. Three lawmakers say Army briefers told them 38 people were wounded in the Foot Hood rampage -- eight more than previously reported.

Sen. Mark Udall, a Colorado Democrat, says Army briefers told senators the wounded included 37 soldiers and a Defense Department police officer.

The 39-year-old Army psychiatrist emerged as a study in contradictions: a polite man who stewed with discontent, a counselor who needed to be counseled himself, a professional healer now suspected of cutting down the fellow soldiers he was sworn to help.

Relatives said he felt harassed because of his Muslim faith but did not embrace extremism. Others were not so sure. A recent classmate said Hasan once gave a jarring presentation to students in which he argued the war on terrorism was a war against Islam, and "made himself a lightning rod for things" when he felt his religious beliefs were challenged.

Investigators were trying to piece together how and why Hasan allegedly gunned down his comrades in one of the worst mass shootings ever on an American military base. The rampage unfolded at a center where some 300 unarmed soldiers were lined up for vaccines and eye tests.

Soldiers reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" -- an Arabic phrase for "God is great!" -- before opening fire Thursday, said Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the base commander. He said officials had not confirmed Hasan made the comment.
 
Hasan's family said in a statement Friday that his alleged actions were "despicable and deplorable" and don't reflect how the family was reared.

Hasan was due to be deployed to Afghanistan to help soldiers with combat stress, a task he'd done stateside with returning soldiers, the Army said. The timing of his departure was not disclosed.

In any event, the major was saying goodbyes and dispensing belongings to neighbors.

Jose Padilla, the owner of Hasan's apartment complex, said Hasan gave him notice two weeks ago that he was moving out this week.

Earlier this week, Hasan asked Padilla his native language. When Padilla said it was Spanish, Hasan immediately went up to his apartment to get him a Spanish-language Quran. Padilla said Hasan also refused to reclaim his deposit and last month's rent, surrendering $400 that the major said should go to someone who needed it.

"I cannot comprehend that the enemy was among us," Padilla said, tearing up. "I feel a little guilt that I was basically giving housing to someone who is going to do so much destruction."

Neighbor Patricia Villa said Hasan came to her apartment the day of the shooting, and before, to give her vegetables, an air mattress, T-shirts, a Quran and offer her $60 to clean his Killeen, Texas, apartment after he left.

Jacqueline Harris, 44, who lives with her boyfriend Willie Bell in the apartment next door to Hasan, said he called Thursday at 5 a.m. and left a message.

"He just wanted to thank Willie for being a good friend and thank him for being there for him," Harris said. "That was it. We thought it was just a nice message to leave."

Bell said Hasan offered a farewell, saying "nice knowing you old friend. I'm going to miss you."

But not al of Hasan's interactions with those around him went as smoothly. According to a Killeen police report in August, an Army employee was charged with scratching Hasan's car, causing $1,000 in damage. Apartment manager John Thompson said the man charged was a soldier back from Iraq, who objected to Hasan's faith and ripped a bumper sticker off the major's car that said: "Allah is Love."

Kim Rosenthal, another neighbor, said Hasan didn't seem too upset by his scratched vehicle, even though it was damaged so badly that he got a new one. "He said it was Ramadan and that he had to forgive people," Rosenthal said. "He forgave him and moved on."

Hasan appeared less forgiving to Dr. Val Finnell when they were classmates in a 2007-08 master's public health program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.

She said that at a class presentation by public health students, at which topics like dry cleaning chemicals and house mold were discussed, Hasan talked about U.S. military actions as a war on Islam. Hasan made clear he was a "vociferous opponent" of U.S. wars in Muslim countries, Finnell said.

"He made himself a lightning rod for things," she said. "No one picked on him because he was a Muslim."

Law enforcement officials said they are trying to confirm if Hasan wrote Internet postings that include his name about suicide bombings and other threats, equating suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the life of fellow soldiers.

    * 'Nidal Hasan' Comments On Suicide Bombers
http://www.scribd.com/doc/3989813/Martyrdom-in-Islam-Versus-Suicide-Bombing



Hasan is the Arlington, Va.-born son of Palestinian parents who ran a restaurant and bar in Roanoke, Va., from 1987 to 1995, and owned a small grocery store in that city.

His relatives in the West Bank said they had heard from family members that Hasan felt mistreated in the Army as a Muslim.

"He told (them) that as a Muslim committed to his prayers he was discriminated against and not treated as is fitting for an officer and American," said Mohammed Malik Hasan, 24, a cousin. "He hired a lawyer to get him a discharge."

Mohammed Hasan said outside his home in Ramallah that he heard about the shooting from a relative. "I was surprised, honestly, because the guy and his brothers are so calm, and he, as I know, loves his work."

Nidal Hasan is the eldest of three brothers. One brother, Annas, lives in Ramallah with a wife and daughter, and practices law. The youngest brother, Eyad, lives in Virginia.

"We don't mix with them a lot," Mohammed said. "Nidal like to stay alone, he was very calm. He minded his own business."


Profile Of Alleged Shooter Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan:

    * 39-Year-Old Army psychiatrist
    * Devout Muslim of Jordanian descent; born in Virginia
    * Name reportedly appears on radical Internet postings
    * Officials claim he resisted deployment to Iraq
    * Earned rank of major in April 2008
    * Worked at Walter Reed for 6 years before Fort Hood
    * Served 8 years as enlisted soldier in Army
    * Graduated from Virginia Tech ('97) with B.S. in Biochemistry


In an interview with The Washington Post, Hasan's aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church, Va., said he had been harassed about being a Muslim in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and he wanted out of the Army.

"Some people can take it and some people cannot," she said. "He had listened to all of that and he wanted out of the military."

She said he had sought a discharge from the military for several years, and even offered to repay the cost of his medical training.

A military official told The Associated Press that Hasan was in the preparation stage of deployment, which can take months. The official said Hasan had indicated he didn't want to go to Iraq but was willing to serve in Afghanistan. The official did not have authorization to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

A second military official said Hasan's family has Palestinian roots. There have been reports that he was harassed for his Muslim religion, but the official says there is no indication Hasan filed a complaint within the military about that.

Terrorism task force agents plan to interview several of Hasan's relatives Friday, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the case.

Noel Hasan said her nephew "did not make many friends" and would say "they military was his life."

A cousin, Nader Hasan, told The New York Times that after counseling soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, Hasan knew war firsthand.

"He was mortified by the idea of having to deploy," Nader Hasan said. "He had people telling him on a daily basis the horrors they saw over there."

Federal law-enforcement agents ordered an evacuation of the apartment complex where Hasan lived in Killeen, Texas, Thursday night and conducted a search of his home, said Hilary Shine, director of public information for the city. She didn't say what was found during the search.

Officials said earlier that federal search warrants were being drawn up to authorize the seizure of his computer.

Retired Army Col. Terry Lee, who said he worked with Hasan, told Fox News that Hasan had hoped President Barack Obama would pull troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq. Lee said Hasan got into frequent arguments with others in the military who supported the wars, and had tried hard to prevent his pending deployment.

Col. Kimberly Kesling, deputy commander of clinical services at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, said she had known Hasan.

"You wouldn't think that someone who works in your facility and provided excellent care for his patients, which he did, could do something like this," Kesling said. She praised his work ethic, saying, "In my personal interactions, there was never any indication he would do something like this." Kesling described him as "a quiet man who wouldn't seek the limelight" and said she was 'shocked' when she heard that he was the man suspected of carrying out the shootings.

Hasan attended prayers regularly when he lived outside Washington, often in his Army uniform, said Faizul Khan, a former imam at a mosque Hasan attended in Silver Spring, Md. He said Hasan was a lifelong Muslim.

"I got the impression that he was a committed soldier," Khan said. He spoke often with Hasan about Hasan's desire for a wife.

On a form filled out by those seeking spouses through a program at the mosque, Hasan listed his birthplace as Arlington, Va., but his nationality as Palestinian, Khan said.

"I don't know why he listed Palestinian," Khan said, "He was not born in Palestine."

Nothing stood out about Hasan as radical or extremist, Khan said.

"We hardly ever got to discussing politics," Khan said. "Mostly we were discussing religious matters, nothing too controversial, nothing like an extremist."

Hasan earned his rank of major in April 2008, according to a July 2008 Army Times article.

He served eight years as an enlisted soldier. Military records show he also served in the ROTC as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry there in 1997.

But college officials said Friday that Hasan graduated with honors in biochemistry in 1995 and there was no record of him serving in any ROTC program.

He previously had attended Barstow Community College in Barstow, Calif., and Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, Va., according to Virginia Tech records.

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This 2000 picture provided by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences shows Nidal Malik …

Hospital: Fort Hood suspect moved to San Antonio
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SAN ANTONIO – An Army medical official says the man suspected of opening fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood has been transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

Hospital spokeswoman Maria Gallegos says Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is in stable condition in the intensive care unit at the hospital on Fort Sam Houston outside San Antonio, about 150 miles southwest of Fort Hood.

Gallegos said Friday that the "shooter is here." She would not provide more details.

Hasan is accused of opening fire at the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday in a shooting rampage that left 13 dead. He was shot by a civilian police officer on the scene.
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« Reply #368 on: November 06, 2009, 06:39:27 PM »

I'm just at a loss for words at how sad this tragedy is. These wonderful, honorable, young people had their entire lives in front of them. I'm going to have to rely on Faith to trust that He can make this right, because everything I can understand just screams that this is so, so wrong. My prayer for the Fallen:


Father, You shaped us from clay and with Your breath we lived. I know Your hand is capable of righting all wrong, and making sense out of chaos. I know that through You, all things are possible. We watch this and other horrors with disbelief and despair, and we would reach out with comfort if we could. Help us remember that the compassion we feel is a dim reflection of You within us, but that You see clearly the same tragedies with Wisdom, Ultimate Love, and Power. Please be with those that are suffering loss and hold close those who are with You as a result of this evil. Their triumph is already realized. Those who are left will struggle, and I pray You will touch them with Your Comforting Hand and calm their troubled spirits. Open our eyes and help us discern and abhor evil, in whatever measure we encountered it. Help us to remember that these are spiritual battles fought and won in Heavenly places. Let us look up, Father, knowing You hear our questions and know the meditations of our hearts. Empower us to be part of Your answers. In Christ's name, we remember the Fallen and offer this prayer.

 In Jesus name amen!!! Thank you!!
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« Reply #369 on: November 06, 2009, 06:45:17 PM »

Just saying(to the news people) I DO NOT CARE WHO HASAN IS..HE is a murderer and right now that is all I need to know. I want to hear and see the wounded and dead HONORED, loved and respected!!!

 I appreciate in a few days I may want to "know" who this evil vile man is. Right now I want to know how the injured are, I want to here we have no more deaths due to his acts.  JMHO. I am sooo sad, I can only imagine how the families of these people are doing. My heart is broke and I bet theirs are shattered.. They sent their loved one to protect US..and we  couldnt protect them. ( I am not blaming anyone here..) We Americans are having trouble protecting ourselves.
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Army Pfc. Michael Pearson's mother, Sheryll Pearson, is comforted by her son and Michael's brother Kristopher Craig at their home in Bolingbrook, Il. on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009. Pearson was shot and killed at Fort Hood Army base in Texas on Thursday.
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'God Bless Our Fort Hood Troops' is seen being painted on the field at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009.
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Soldiers observe the lowering of the American flag to half staff Friday, Oct. 6, 2009, at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. A moment of silence and prayer was offered to the victims and they families of the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.
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Fort Hood Shooting


In this combo, victims killed during a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas on Nov. 5, 2009 are shown. From top left, Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, 22, of Frederick, Okla., Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis., Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, of West Jordan, Utah, Pfc. Michael Pearson, 21, of Bolingbrook, Ill., Russell Seager, 51, of Racine, Wis. and Francheska Velez, 21, of Chicago.
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Updated List of Wounded and Dead




CAMERON (November 6, 2009)—Mike Cahill of Cameron was among the 13 people killed in a shooting rampage Thursday at the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood, The Cameron Herald reported Thursday.

Cahill, the paper reported, worked as a physician’s assistant from 1997 until 2000 and still lived in Cameron.

 Other details weren’t immediately available.

Families in towns and cities around the country are also grieving, after learning that loved ones died in the violence.

Other families have learned that loved ones were injured.

The bodies of the 13 who died have been flown to Dover, Del. for forensic autopsies, an official said Friday.

Confirmed Casualties

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   an angelic monkeyMike Cahill, Cameron
Mike Cahill of Cameron was among the 13 people killed in a shooting rampage Thursday at the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood, The Cameron Herald reported Thursday. Cahill, the paper reported, worked as a physician’s assistant from 1997 until 2000 and still lived in Cameron.

 an angelic monkeySpc. Jason Dean Hunt, Oklahoma
Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, 22, was among the 13 people killed Thursday at Fort Hood, family members in Oklahoma said. Gale Hunt of Frederick said Friday two uniformed soldiers came to her door at 11:30 p.m. Thursday to notify her of the death of her son. She said her son joined the military after graduation from Tipton High School, and had served three and a-half years, including a stint in Iraq. He was married two months ago. He was previously stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia. She described him as family-oriented and quiet and said he enjoyed video games.

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Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis., joined the Army after the 2001 terrorist attacks and had vowed to take on Osama bin Laden. Her mother, Jeri Krueger, says Amy Krueger had arrived at Fort Hood on Tuesday. She told the Herald Times Reporter of Manitowoc, Wis., that her daughter was scheduled to be sent to Afghanistan in December. Jeri Krueger recalls telling her daughter that she could not take on bin Laden by herself. The mother recalls her daughter's response: "Watch me." Kiel High School Principal Dario Talerico told The Associated Press that Krueger graduated from the school in 1998 and had spoken at least once to local elementary school students about her career. Talerico says he remembers Amy Krueger as "a very good kid, who
like most kids in a small town are just looking for what their next step in life was going to be and she chose the military. Once she got into the military, she really connected with that kind of lifestyle and was really proud to serve her country."

 an angelic monkeyPfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, Utah
Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, who was from the Salt Lake City suburb of West Jordan, Utah, chose to join the Army instead of going on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to his uncle, Christopher Nemelka, who says, , "As a person, Aaron was as soft and kind and as gentle as they come, a sweetheart." He says that what he "loved about the kid was his independence of thought." Aaron Nemelka was the youngest of four children. His family says he was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan in January. Utah National Guard Lt. Col. Lisa Olsen says Nemelka had enlisted in the Army in October 2008.

 an angelic monkeyPfc. Michael Pearson, Illinois
Pfc. Michael Pearson, 21, of Bolingbrook, Ill. was one of the 13 people killed in the shooting rampage. Sheryll Pearson told the Chicago Tribune that she and her husband found out Thursday that their son was killed in the attack. She said her son joined the Army more than a year ago and was training to deactivate bombs. She said she and her husband received a call from their son's sergeant at Fort Hood. He told them their son had been shot three times, and an Army surgeon later called to say he had died. Sheryll Pearson says the loss has left the family "all very angry." Neighbor Jessica Koerber says the family has "lost their gem." She said Michael loved playing with his nieces and nephews and enjoyed playing guitar. She calls him "a great kid."

 an angelic monkeyFrancheska Velez, Illinois
Relatives say 21-year-old Francheska Velez of Chicago is among the 13 people killed when an Army psychiatrist opened fire. Her father, Juan Guillermo Velez, said she only recently returned from deployment in Iraq. She was preparing to come home because she was pregnant. He likens her death on U.S. soil after serving her country to a slap in the face. He clutched pictures of his daughter as he spoke on a family porch. A friend of Velez, Sasha Ramos, describes her as a fun-loving person who wrote poetry and loved dancing.

 an angelic monkeySpc. Kham Xiong, Minnesota
A St. Paul, Minnesota soldier is among those who were killed in the Fort Hood massacre. Army Spc. Kham Xiong was shot and killed before he ever had a chance to go to war. He was at Fort Hood, preparing for a deployment in Iraq around New Year's. Xiong's wife and three children had been with him in Texas for five months, as he got ready for his assignment. The rest of his family is in St. Paul where Xiongs’ father, Chor, says he will always be proud of his son. Family members say Xiong was in line for a physical when the shooting broke out. His wife sent him a text message, telling him to come home for lunch and go back for the physical later. But Xiong texted back, “No, I’ll stay. It's almost my turn." Xiong has ten siblings, including a 17-year-old brother, who's a Marine in Afghanistan.

Injured

Amber Bahr, Wisconsin
Amber Bahr, of Random Lake, Wisconsin was shot in the back and was undergoing tests, family members said. Her mother, Lisa Pfund, said Bahr told her she ran when shots rang out and didn't realize she had been hit until she went to the emergency room.

Keara Bono, Missouri
Keara Bono, of Independence, Missouri.

Alan Carroll, New Jersey
Alan Carroll, 20, of Bridgewater, N.J. was shot at least three times and underwent surgery Thursday night, according to officials with the North Branch Fire Company. Carroll and his stepfather are longtime members of the volunteer department. North Branch Fire Chief Michael Russoniello told The Star-Ledger of Newark that he has spoken with Carroll's parents, who he said were headed to Texas to be with him, and they told him he was expected to recover from his wounds." He's a really good kid," Russoniello told the newspaper. "His whole intent was to go into the service the entire time I knew him."

Joy Clark Iowa
Joy Clark, of Des Moines, Iowa was reportedly shot in the arm and was in stable condition Friday awaiting surgery.

Matthew Cooke, New York

Joey Foster, Utah
Joey Foster, 21, of Ogden Utah grabbed as many injured people as he could and ran for cover, his wife Mandy said. "Then he realized that he'd been shot 20 minutes after sitting behind the wall," she said. Foster was scheduled for surgery Friday to remove fragments of the bullets.

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Cpl. Nathan Hewitt, Indiana
Cpl. Nathan Hewitt of Lafayette, Ind. was struck in the hip and calf by two bullets Thursday and was expected to be released from the hospital Friday afternoon. Hewitt's relatives said he was in the medical center on the Army post when the gunfire began. Despite his injuries, Hewitt was able to help other soldiers flee the building. Hewitt, 27, is a mechanic, stationed at Fort Hood, waiting deployment to Afghanistan. He served an earlier tour of duty in Iraq.

Justin Johnson, Florida
Justin Johnson 19, of Punta Gorda, Fla. was shot in the chest and leg, according to his mother, Roxanne Johnson. She told WINK-TV Army officials confirmed that her son underwent surgery, but did not provide his immediate condition. She planned to fly to Fort Hood on Friday.

Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, North Carolina
Staff. Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, of Richmond County, N.C.; was reportedly shot three or four times. Two of the bullets have been removed.

2nd Lt. Brandy Mason
Sabrina Heath, of Monessen, told KDKA-TV on Friday that her niece, 2nd Lt. Brandy Mason, was shot in the thigh Thursday. Heath said Mason made a brief call Thursday and said she was at the Soldier Readiness Center waiting her turn when the gunman came in and opened fire. Heath said Mason spent 14 months in Iraq and was never shot at. Heath said Mason visited Monessen, which is about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh, two weeks ago to see her 17-year-daughter, who was a member of Monessen High School's homecoming court.

Grant Moxon, Wisconsin
Grant Moxon, 23, from Lodi, Wisconsin, is, a mental health specialist who arrived at Fort Hood on Wednesday and was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. He was reportedly sitting in a processing room when he heard a commotion and found himself face-to-face with the gunman. He was shot in the leg.

 Fort Hood Police Sgt. Kimberly Munley
Fort Hood Commander Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said Friday that Fort Hood police Sgt. Kimberly Munley and her partner responded within three minutes of reported gunfire Thursday afternoon. Cone said Munley shot the gunman four times despite being shot herself. Officials said Munley was in stable condition. Cone said, "It was an amazing and an aggressive performance by this police officer." Cone also said he was inspired by a woman who helped carry a wounded victim and used her blouse as a tourniquet, then later realized she'd been shot in the hip.

George Stratton, Idaho
George Stratton III, 18, from Post Falls, Idaho was reportedly shot while standing five feet from the gunman.


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2 Ill. soldiers among those killed at Fort Hood

11/06/2009

By CARYN ROUSSEAU  / Associated Press

Family and friends of Michael Pearson and Francheska Velez understood that their joining the military could cost them their lives.

What they couldn't fathom on Friday was how the two could be shot dead, not at war abroad, but at what should be the safest place for an American solider — a U.S. military base.

The two 21-year-old soldiers from the Chicago area were among the 13 people killed when an Army psychiatrist allegedly opened fire on Thursday at Fort Hood in Texas.

Standing on a porch at the family's Chicago home, Velez's teary-eyed father clutched a photograph of his daughter as he tried to grasp that she had been killed after only recently returning from deployment in Iraq. She planned to return home to Chicago soon because she was pregnant.

"It's like a slap in the face," said Juan Guillermo Velez, speaking in Spanish. "There's no logic to it."

A friend of Velez, Sasha Ramos, also couldn't reconcile that her friend had been killed in this country — after leaving a war zone.

"This is not something a soldier expects — to have someone in our uniform go start shooting at us," she said.

Those who knew Pfc. Pearson, who quit his furniture company job to join the military last year, also saw irony in his death on U.S. soil.

"It makes it worse," said Jessica Koerber, who lives next door to Pearson's parents. "He was just — wrong place, wrong time."

At his family home in suburban Bolingbrook, a yellow ribbon was tied to a porch light and a sticker stamped with American flags on the front door read, "United we stand."

Pearson's mother, Sheryll Pearson, stepped outside to speak to reporters briefly, saying the 2006 Bolingbrook High School graduate joined the military because he was eager to serve his country and broaden his horizons. She believed he was set for deployment in January, but didn't know where.

"He was the best son in the whole world," she said. "He was my best friend and I miss him."

His cousin, Mike Dostalek, added that Pearson, an avid Jimi Hendrix fan, loved playing guitar and writing songs.

In a poem Pearson wrote that Dostalek showed to reporters, he seemed to cherish the prospect of educating himself and growing old.

"I look only to the future for wisdom. To rock back and forth in my wooden chair," the poem says.

Sheryll Pearson and her husband got a call around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday from their son's sergeant that he'd been shot in the spine and chest and had lost a lot of blood; around 10 p.m., an Army surgeon called to say he had died, she told the Chicago Tribune.

Because of her son's year of training — which including learning to deactivate bombs — Sheryll Pearson said she hadn't seen him for a year. She last talked to him on the phone two days ago, discussing how he would come home for Christmas.

The Velez family said Francheska was excited about being a mom. The 2006 Kelvyn Park High School graduate, whose most recent rank was not immediately available, also looked forward to pursuing a lifelong career in the military.

Like Pearson, Velez also wrote poetry, and she adored dancing, said Ramos.

Several young people gathered at Ramos' apartment on Friday to console each other and to remember their friend.

"She was the most fun and happy person you could know," she said. "She never did anything wrong to anybody."

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THE FALLEN AT FORT HOOD
Jason Hunt transferred to Texas to be closer to his family
   
As a boy, Jason Hunt once had to wear silver caps on his front teeth. When he was too timid to smile, his sister, playing on his love for video games, asked him to show his Ninja Turtle teeth.

"He was so embarrassed and such a shy boy," recalled his sister Leila Willingham, 30, of Frederick, Okla. "That was the only was I could make him smile."

In high school, Hunt refused to dissect a cat for a class assignment. He was so upset that his mother had to pick him up from school.

But Hunt's shy and sensitive side was transformed, his family said, when he joined the military. His already caring nature bloomed into something brave, selfless and fearless, they said. He hoped to save somebody's life someday.

That hope was cut short Thursday, when Hunt, 22, was killed in the mass shooting rampage at Fort Hood. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Hunt; his mother, Gale Hunt; his father, Gary Hunt; his sister, Willingham; and a niece and nephew.

Hunt joined the Army a year after graduating from Tipton High School and served for three and a half years, including a tour in Iraq, where he celebrated his 21st birthday. While there, he reenlisted.

Willingham recalled her brother once likened his feelings for his military family to the love a parent feels for their children.

"He said, 'I would die for your children.' He said, 'I would die for a stranger to save them.' And he said he would dive in front of a bullet for a soldier."

Hunt, who was stationed in Fort Stewart in Georgia after high school, transferred to Fort Hood to be closer to his family.

In August, he got married in Okalahoma City. "He had a blue tie and he was so happy to have his family there and to be becoming part of a family," his sister recalled through sobs.

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THE FALLEN AT FORT HOOD
Michael G. Cahill had been a physician's assistant for 22 years

By Ashley Surdin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 6, 2009; 5:48 PM

Michael G. Cahill was a dedicated physician assistant, a voracious reader and history buff who remembered the smallest details about the most remote places.

"The night before he died, we sat and watched the Mark Twain awards," said his wife, Joleen Cahill of Cameron, Tex. "And we just sat there laughing."

Cahill, 62, was among the 13 people killed in a shooting rampage Thursday at Forth Hood. He is survived by his wife; daughter Keely and son-in-law Lee; daughter Kerry; son James; and grandson Brody.

Cahill, a retired chief warrant officer in the National Guard, had been a physician's assistant for 22 years, working in remote rural clinics and veterans hospitals. For the past six years he had worked at Fort Hood as a contract civilian employee.

"He loved working with people," Joleen Cahill said.

Cahill, who was originally from Washington state, and his wife, from Montana, were four years from retiring.

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« Reply #376 on: November 06, 2009, 07:13:16 PM »

War at Home: First Responders Describe Carnage at Fort Hood

Friday, November 06, 2009
By Jana Winter

For Military Police Sgt. Andrew Hagerman, it began with a call over the radio: "Shots fired." And then another: "Officer down." He put on his lights and sirens and raced to the scene.

Hagerman, 27, was one of the first responders to the 30-minute barrage of gunfire that pierced through Fort Hood Thursday, turning the sun-drenched Texas military base into a war zone on U.S. soil. He and his colleagues described the scene as one of organized chaos, and they told of the heroism of a base full of soldiers who rushed to save the wounded, and learned that the shooter was one of their own.

"There were people on the ground, there were soldiers from all over the post rushing in with whatever they had to control the bleeding, ripping off their uniforms, their shirts, shorts, anything they could get their hands on," said Hagerman, who has served two tours in Iraq.

"They were also treating the shooter on scene," he said.

"I moved around to see who needed to be moved where, triaging the victims while also working to preserve the crime scene.

"You don't expect it here. We're trained for this, we know what to do, but it was a shocking moment."

The gunfire came to an end after civilian police Sgt. Kimberly Munley took the gunman down, despite being shot herself. When Hagerman arrived on the scene he saw a wounded Munley being carried into an ambulance.

"She's a nice person, she's straightforward and she does her job well," he said. "Was I surprised that she was able to stop him? Not at all."

First responders were quick to treat the shooter, identified as 39-year-old Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.

When asked if there was any hesitation to provide medical treatment to a man who allegedly killed his comrades, Hagerman said, "They are always your brothers and sisters in arms no matter what. It doesn't really matter if he's doing the killing."

Hasan worked at Fort Hood's Darnall Army Medical Center, the same hospital where many of the victims were treated.

Emergency room physician Captain Reis Ritz was in Darnall when the loudspeaker came on: "Mass casualties. Mass casualties."

He said the first few to arrive were soldiers with multiple gunshot wounds who had driven themselves to the hospital. Others arrived soon after, some of them carrying friends who were more severely wounded. Many of the victims came into the emergency room with multiple gunshot wounds.

For Major Stephen Beckwith, the Emergency Medical Response director at Darnall, the sheer number of gunshot wounds struck him immediately, reminding him of blast injuries he'd seen in combat.

He and other ER personnel told FoxNews.com that the gunshot wounds appeared to have been inflicted by semi-automatic pistols loaded with long bullets more often used with a standard M16 rifle.

"Just so many gunshot wounds — gunshot wounds to the torso, the belly, the chest," he said. "It's similar to what you'd see down range."

Ritz has not yet been deployed overseas, and he said it was like nothing he'd ever seen.

"The worst part," he said, "there's all these multiple gunshot wounds, all the victims shot in multiple places, and they keep coming in and I have no idea who's shooting, where they're shooting from, or why.

"The worst part, not knowing when it would end, not knowing how many more, not knowing if it's only going to be gunshots or something else."

"It's not like we're in Iraq or in Afghanistan or in anything — it's home. It's like you'd expect in war, but it's home."

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Report: Fort Hood victims include NJ soldier

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TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey soldier reportedly was among those wounded in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

Alan Carroll, a 20-year-old Bridgewater resident, was shot at least three times and underwent surgery Thursday night, according to officials with the North Branch Fire Company. Carroll and his stepfather are longtime members of the volunteer department.

North Branch Fire Chief Michael Russoniello told The Star-Ledger of Newark that he has spoken with Carroll's parents, who he said were headed to Texas to be with him, and they told him he was expected to recover from his wounds.

"He's a really good kid," Russoniello told the newspaper. "His whole intent was to go into the service the entire time I knew him."

Military officials have not disclosed the shooting victims' names, and efforts to contact Carroll's relatives were unsuccessful Thursday.

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« Reply #378 on: November 06, 2009, 07:18:22 PM »

Kiel Feels the Loss in Fort Hood

Updated: Nov 06, 2009 6:12 PM CST

By Molly Hendrickson

The entire community of Kiel feels the loss of Staff Sergeant Amy Krueger, a 29-year-old who is among the 13 dead at Fort Hood, Texas.

An entire town is in mourning. The town of Kiel is small and close-knit. Almost everyone we spoke with knew Amy or someone in her family.

Signs around the community serve as a reminder this time the fallen is one of its own.

"This never really happened around here that I can remember, so it's gonna be tough on a lot of people who are around her age and went to school with her," Ginny Jaehnig of Kiel said.

While the community knows the cost of war, people here say they just never thought the bloodshed would happen on American soil.

"I was horrified, just horrified. These people are gonna fight for us and they get killed on our own soil," resident Carol Schwark said.

The pain is evident on their faces but the anger can be heard in their voices.

Jale Lamers was close to Amy. "Shock, hurt, pain. She's my daughter's best friend. You don't want to lose them."

"It hurts. We lost a good person, and I think it's wrong, and I think these kids are supposed to get hurt in Iraq, not in the United States. It's wrong," Lamers said.

Kiel High School principal Dario Talerico said he learned the tragic news Friday morning and told students and staff, some of whom taught Amy years ago.

"We have a number of situations where we lost people from Wisconsin, but it hasn't happened in Kiel, Wisconsin, and for that to happen in this small community and to happen the way it did, I think it shakes a lot of people up," he said.

It's a patriotic town, the kind of town where the American flag flies proudly in front yards. Now those flags are lowered.

As the nation watches and waits for answers, this small town remembers a little girl they watched grow up, and a woman who was taken from them much too soon.

"We miss her already you know, and it's hard, very, very hard," Lamers said.

A candlelight vigil for Amy is scheduled for 7 P.M. Sunday at Veterans Park in Kiel.

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« Reply #379 on: November 06, 2009, 07:23:25 PM »

Slain Soldier Was Excited About Becoming A Mother

Pfc. Francheska Velez Was One Of 13 People Slain At Fort Hood, Texas
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Derrick Blakley
CHICAGO (CBS) ―
 
Pfc. Francheska Velez, 21, survived the tough streets of Chicago's West Side, where she grew up and a tour of duty in Iraq, only to lose her life in a place that should have been safe: Fort Hood, Texas.

She was one of the soldiers killed in Thursday's massacre at Fort Hood. Her family told CBS 2's Derrick Blakley that irony only added to the pain her family is enduring.

"She was a very wonderful person, very brave. very kind hearted. she didn't deserve to lose her life. she had a lot to live for," said Jennifer Arzuaga, Velez's cousin.

A heartbroken cousin, a grieving grandfather; they were among the flurry of loved ones who gathered on the porch of Francheska Velez's West Side home on Friday

"She came on back on August 20 because of her birthday. She gave us a surprise," said her father, Juan Guillermo Velez. That was the last time he saw his daughter.

Her father said it had been his dream to serve in the military and his daughter had fulfilled his dream. Juan Velez said he had encouraged Francheska to stay in the military and she was considering making it a career.

"She was a very happy girl and sweet," her father said, his eyes red from crying. "She had the spirit of a child."

Margarita Montero, Velez's aunt, said the loss was a bigger shock because it happened on a military base.

"Yes, of course," she said. "I think she was back from Iraq from a week ago, and look what happened."

Her father likened Francheska's death on U.S. soil, after serving her country, to a slap in the face. He clutched pictures of his daughter as he spoke on a family porch.

Francheska Velez returned from Iraq because she was three months pregnant and by all accounts, excited about becoming a mother. She was scheduled to begin maternity leave next month.

Now, because of shooting suspect Nidal Malik Hasaan, the Velez family was planning a funeral. But family members said they bear no ill will toward the Army psychiatrist who apparently claimed Francheska's life.

"I'm not angry at the person; apparently, I guess, none of us are angry," said Herbie Mojica, Velez's uncle. "But there should have been a red flag. He wanted a discharge for a reason. They should have just let him go."

Montero said, "We have anger, but we won't hold any hatred against this person because there's a God. God will take care of it."

A friend of Francheska's, Sasha Ramos, described her as a fun-loving person who wrote poetry and loved dancing.

"She was like my sister," Ramos, 21, said. "She was the most fun and happy person you could know. She never did anything wrong to anybody."

Ramos, who also served briefly in the military, couldn't reconcile that her friend was killed in this country -- just after leaving a war zone.

"It makes it a lot harder," she said. "This is not something a soldier expects -- to have someone in our uniform go start shooting at us."

Francheska Velez took part in ROTC at Kelvin Park High School and joined the Army as soon as she could after graduating in 2006. Her family was still working with the Army on funeral arrangements on Friday.

Twelve other people were killed in the attack, including 21-year-old Michael Pearson of Bolingbrook. Pearson was shot three times and died in surgery Thursday night. He was expecting to be deployed to Iraq in January after a trip home to Bolingbrook for the holidays.

Hasan was in a coma on Friday, shot four times after he opened fire at Fort Hood.

Military officials said they are still piecing together what may have pushed Hasan, an Army psychiatrist trained to help soldiers in distress, to turn on his comrades. There were also reports that some of the victims might have died in friendly fire.

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