Families hit by 2009 attack relive nightmare after latest shooting on post

KERRVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Sadly, there are several families who know the grieving of those who lost loved ones in Wednesday’s attack; the families of those who died in the November 2009 massacre.

One Kerrville widow lost her husband of 37 years that day and she devotes herself now to the memorial for the 13 who died. It is a day she will never forget.

“I had hope (that he was still alive),” said Joleen Cahill. “At 11:15 p.m. the car pulled up with two military men in it and I knew. I basically blanked out the rest of the night.”

Her husband Michael had spent 25 years in the National Guard and was working as a physicians’ assistant the day of the 2009 attack.

Joleen and her eldest daughter, Keely, were devastated that day and relived the nightmare and anger this week.

“It’s 11 p.m. and dad hasn’t called because he’s busy, but every hospital doesn’t have those names because he didn’t get there,” Keely said. “And I just know what those families are going through.”

Joleen, a retired DA’s assistant, travels often to Killeen to keep up the flowered shrine there and raise money for the victims’ memorial.

She has simple advice for those now grieving as she did.

“Work through it. There is no time limit,” she said. “Three years later you may have an issue, but if you don’t let yourself grieve, it will catch up in the years to come.”

As she says, love lost is love remembered, and memories do not die.

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