• January 23, 2017

Family, friends remember young girls at funeral

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 4:30 am

Family and friends on Monday remembered the lives of two children found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in their Fort Hood residence Jan. 21.

A series of photos of Leila Ezzeddine, 9, and Zeinab Ezzeddine, 4, played on TV screens in the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home Chapel in Killeen, showing two happy children. The photos showed the girls swimming and playing with horses, always smiling.

“They were so beautiful, so cheerful and girly,” recalled their uncle, Jose Santisteban, during the service. “These angels came to this world to put a smile on my sister, to put a smile on me.”

The two sisters died Jan. 21 in their home in what Army investigators said was an apparent murder-suicide involving their father, Rouhad Ahamd Ezzeddine, 43, who was found dead. All three were Army dependents.

The girls’ mother, Pfc. Carla Santisteban, 33, is assigned to 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. The family commended the Army on its support for Santisteban.

“This is a terrible tragedy for the mother and families of these children. We are doing everything possible to care for the family in this time of profound grief and loss,” said Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, 1st Cavalry commander.

A post on Santisteban’s Facebook page that reads “In Fort Hood!!!” was made hours before the three were found dead. The page includes numerous photos of her daughters.

Army investigators said the deaths were possibly the result of a “murder-suicide” involving the husband and the two children, but added that it would not make a full determination until the investigation is completed.

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Day 1: On the ground in South Korea with Ironhorse soldiers
Posted: February 25, 2016

After 20 hours of travel, by plane and bus, I finally made it to Camp Casey, South Korea with the remainder of Fort Hood’s 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers. For the next several days, I will be following the mission and daily lives of Ironhorse troopers as they begin a nine-month rotation in the land of the morning calm.

more »
Day 2 in South Korea: Snowflakes and readiness
Posted: February 25, 2016

Our second day in South Korea began early. But it was not as early as for some.

more »

Ft Hood Events

Military Videos