On June 2, 2016, a routine training mission at Fort Hood turned to tragedy when eight Fort Hood soldiers and a West Point cadet died after the Army truck they were in overturned while attempting to drive through a low-water crossing.
The news shocked the community and raised questions on how such a tragedy could happen. The Herald attempted to answer some of those questions with an in-depth report into the case that published last Sunday.
Here is a look at those who died in the truck rollover at Fort Hood one year ago today:
Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez
Colonvazquez was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. The 38-year-old veteran of four combat deployments to the Middle East leaves behind a wife and four children.
Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong
Armstrong, 27, of Twentynine Palms, Calif., entered active-duty military service in February 2014 as a motor transport operator.
She was born in Camp Lejeune, N.C., to a father who was a Marine.
Spc. Yingming Sun
Sun, 25, was a resident of Monterey Park, Calif., who was a heavy equipment driver and joined the military in March 2013. He was stationed at Fort Hood in August 2014. He previously served in Korea.
Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner
Banner, 22, was from Milton, Fla. Banner was a standout defensive end for the Milton High School football team. He graduated in 2013.
Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller
Fuller, 23, of Palmetto, Fla., entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and was stationed at Fort Hood in April 2016.
He was always cool and calm no matter what,” said Fuller’s cousin, Raekwon Butler.
Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon
DeLeon, 19, of San Angelo, about 180 miles west of Fort Hood, entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator. He was engagned to be married when he died.
Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates
Gates, 20, of Dunn, N.C., entered active-duty military service in December 2015 as a motor transport operator.
“She wanted to serve her country with a smile. She wanted to serve 20 years in the service,” said her father, Eddy Renard Gates.
Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James
James, 21, a resident of Jersey City, N.J., had been stationed at Fort Hood since April, 2016.
James’ mother, Essie James, told the New York Daily News that it was about 2:25 a.m. June 3, 2016, when her husband woke her, telling her there were Army officials at their door.
“I already knew that there was something wrong,” said the mother. “I knew already when they came and they gave me the news.”
Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey
Winey, 21, of Chesterton, Ind., was expected to graduate from West Point with the Class of 2018.
“He was clearly a rising leader in his class and a friend to everyone who knew him. He internalized the ideals and values of West Point and exemplified them in all that he set out to do,” said Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., then-superintendent of the United States Military Academy.