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Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 11:20 pm

Two families of soldiers wounded in the April 2 shooting at Fort Hood released statements to the Herald on Tuesday, thanking the community for its support and asking for privacy.

The family of Maj. Patrick Miller said the 32-year-old upstate New York native was in stable condition at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, and is expected to make a full recovery.

“On behalf of the family of Maj. Patrick Miller, we would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support we have received since the tragedy that occurred here at Fort Hood,” read a statement from Miller’s family released to the Herald on Monday.

Miller’s name was one of the first reported by the media in the days after the shooting. According to a statement from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Miller is from Allegany, N.Y., and joined the U.S. Army after graduating from St. Bonaventure in 2003.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery to the injured victims and their families,” Cuomo said.

Miller’s mother, Carole Miller, and his wife, Ashley, have both been active on social media with updates on Miller’s health. Carole Miller declined to discuss the shooting itself, saying over Twitter that it would be up to her son once he recovers.

“It’s something I can’t discuss right now,” Carole Miller said in a Tweet to a reporter. “If my son Pat ever wants to talk. ... He’d be the one to ask.”

The family of another wounded solider, Spc. Keisha Fountain, also released a statement to the Herald on Tuesday.

“Keisha is stable and doing well. We appreciate all the prayers and concerns for her,” the statement read. “We would like to thank all the medical staff and first responders who have helped Keisha. The hospital and her unit have been great.”

The statement did not mention the shooting, and echoed Miller’s request for privacy.

“We would appreciate everyone’s respect for our family’s privacy as we come together and support her through her recovery,” the statement read. “The love and encouragement from her friends around the world has been tremendous. She is truly loved.”

As of Monday, neither Fort Hood nor the Army released the names of those wounded in the April 2 shooting.

Army Human Resources Command did not respond to the Herald’s request for additional information on Miller’s and Fountain’s military service.

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