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Seventh anniversary of deadly Fort Hood attack

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Fort Hood Memorial

Flags surround the Fort Hood Shooting Memorial on Thursday, March 10, 2016, on W.S. Young Drive in Killeen.

Committee members with the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood Memorial in Killeen will be placing flowers at the site at 9 a.m. Saturday to mark the seventh anniversary of the tragic event.

The memorial is between the Killeen Civic and Conference Center and the Shilo Inn in the 3700 block of South W.S. Young Drive. It was dedicated earlier this year.

“The memorial itself will always be a sobering reminder of what we lost,” said Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commander for III Corps and Fort Hood, to a crowd of 800 people when the memorial was dedicated in March.

The $400,000 memorial — which was paid for through donations and in-kind services — includes a gazebo, 13 statues symbolizing those killed and a flagpole in the center.

Nidal Hasan, the former Army major and psychiatrist who was convicted in the attack, was found guilty in August 2013 on 13 counts of premeditated murder and was sentenced to death. He now is on death row at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., awaiting appeals. Hasan, armed with a pair of handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, opened fire in a medical processing station for deploying troops.

The memorial honors the 12 soldiers and one civilian killed in the shooting. They are: Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, Maj. Libardo Caraveo, Capt. John Gaffaney, Capt. Russell Seager, Staff Sgt. Justin DeCrow, Staff Sgt. Amy Krueger, Spc. Kham Xiong, Spc. Frederick Greene, Spc. Jason Hunt, Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, Pfc. Michael Pearson, Pfc. Francheska Velez and Army civilian Michael Cahill, a retired chief warrant officer.

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