3 found dead at Fort Hood military base

Fort Hood
Fort Hood

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Special agents are investigating the deaths of three people at Fort Hood, according to fort officials.

The bodies of one man and two children were found Tuesday around 7:15 a.m. at an on-post home.

The post released few details about the deaths, but officials are calling the deceased military dependents, meaning they’re related to a soldier.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command is looking into what happened, but are withholding any details until relatives can be notified. Also, agents aren’t commenting on the deployment status of the soldier in the household.

However, the statement says there is no further threat to the community.

“God bless that family,” said Eric Tutwiler, an U.S. Army veteran.

Tutwiler empathizes with what neighbors, family and friends of those who died must be going through now.

“There’s a lot of stuff that go through these soldiers’ minds that regular civilians might not know about,” said Tutwiler.

A.C. Ward, another Army veteran heard about what happened from his wife.

“Wow really, that’s so sad,” Ward said.

Ward says he spent 20 years in the Army with five combat deployments.

He also says during years, a neighbor was killed on a post. Now, he’s looking back as he thinks about the deaths and Fort Hood.

“We all want to be soldiers. We all want to be rough and tough and be the macho guy, and be strong and all that,” Ward said. “But as a Christian you’ve got to feel for the family and what’s going on. You know that, two kids. It’s the kids that I feel the worst for. They had a future ahead of them. What have they got now?”

Those fighting overseas know the risks. Ward says at home is where they’re supposed to feel safe.

Investigators are treating this as a homicide — to make sure the investigation is thorough, a spokesperson for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command says.

However, they are not yet saying what happened in that home.

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