FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) — Wednesday’s service at Fort Hood was an emotional one for family and friends of those in the line of fire. More than 3,000 soldiers and family came to hear the president and pay their own respects. A sad, loyal duty they are getting used to.
“It really affects the military family. It really does,” said Rachel Regallis, the wife of a Fort Hood soldier. “We’re all shaken from it. It’s important to show our support for those families affected.”
Many went through this before, when a gunman killed 13 soldiers on post in 2009. But all seemed moved by the president’s second appearance at Fort Hood following a shooting.
“You never think of it happening to you,” said Krista Rawleigh. “I know it happened five years ago but you never think you’re going to be in the midst of that.
“To see how he could fly here, he made himself seem in the midst of it, the sensitivity he gave touched my heart,” Rawleigh said.
Two civilians were here to remember their friend, Sgt. Timothy Owens. He died trying to stop the gunman.
“He’s a hero,” Cayce Hauck said. “He did it…so we can all stand here. Every one of them. All three of them.”
The three sergeants killed had 50 years combined service in the US Army and leave behind five children.
Four soldiers are still in the hospital following the attack. Two are at Scott & White in Temple and two others are at Darnall Army Medical Center on post. All four have been upgraded to fair condition.
Army officials are still investigating what may have caused the shooting. They have said accused shooter Ivan Lopez had been in an argument before the shooting. He was being treated for mental health issues, but investigators say that wasn’t what caused the shootings, just an underlying factor. Lopez was undergoing evaluation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.