Friday, November 6, 2009
Ft. Hood Shooting Victims
When people die in tragic circumstances we hear their names and then the press brushes these victim's lives aside as though they were not important. For the families and friends of these people they are left to deal with their pain and anguish while the Nidal Malik Hasan is getting press in rock-star fashion.
We analyze his motives. We question how the war might have affected his decision to go on a rampage. The press interviews his family and friends and examines his writings seeking an answer to something that truly makes no sense. Talking heads point out that the Nidal Malik Hasan was a victim himself. He was taunted and teased.
My heart goes out to the people who died during this tragic incident at Ft. Hood. Their names are listed below. They had lives, hopes, dreams, and they should have been allowed to live their future but that was stolen from them in one selfish, sick act.
So tonight, please remember these men and women who lost their lives so tragically on November 5th. Tweet their names with a hashmark in front. Let people celebrate the lives of these soldiers who were serving our country and had their lives stolen from them.
Army Spc. Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Minn., died in the attack Thursday. Xiong graduated from St. Paul's Community of Peace Academy in 2004. He was at Ft. Hood preparing for a January deployment. ( MyFoxTwinCities )
Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, 22, of Tipton, Okla. was one of 12 soldiers killed. Known as J.D., Hunt was voted "most quiet" in his senior class. ( NewsOK.com )
Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis., was killed. The sergeant with the Madison, Wis.-based 467th Medical Detachment had arrived at Fort Hood on Tuesday and was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan in December. ( Herald Times Reporter )
Spc. Michael Pearson , 21, of Bolingbrook, Ill., was killed in the shooting. ( MyFoxChicago )
Francheska Velez, of Chicago, was killed in the shooting. She recently had returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. The 21-year-old was in the building where the shooting occurred filling out paperwork due to her pregnancy. ( MyFoxChicago )
Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, of West Jordan, Utah, was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan in January, his family said in a statement. Nemelka had enlisted in the Army in October 2008, Utah National Guard Lt. Col. Lisa Olsen said. (AP)
The names of those wounded:
Amber Bahr, 19, was shot in the stomach but was in stable condition, said her mother, Lisa Pfund of Random Lake, Wis. (AP)
Spc. Keara Bono, 21, of the Army Reserve, called her mother from a hospital and said she had been shot in the back. ( MyFoxTwinCities )
Matthew Cook, son-in-law of Jamie and Scotty Casteel. Cook is from New York State and has been home from Iraq for about a year. "He's been shot in the abdomen and that's all we know," Jamie Casteel told The Associated Press.