Police have released the name of the man found dead in downtown Killeen last week.
Larry Eugene Pittman, 60, of Blakely, Ga., died next to his wife, Penny Pittman, after the two reportedly agreed on a “suicide pact,” said his daughter, Kristi Pittman, 29.
Penny Pittman survived the episode after receiving treatment at Metroplex Hospital.
“He was a very happy person, very active in church,” Kristi Pittman said. “He never let things get to him.”
Larry Pittman enlisted in the Army when he was 18 and spent a total of 15 years in the Army and Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1985.
He was a good father and fun to be around, said Kristi Pittman, who lives in South Carolina, adding she had not seen her father in 13 years because of the relationship with his wife.
After remarrying, Larry Pittman’s life took a dark turn, she said.
The couple lived in the Houston area at one time and came to Killeen because of Larry Pittman’s son, Blakely Pittman, who was stationed at Fort Hood.
Blakely Pittman currently serves in the Army in South Korea, Kristi Pittman said.
On June 12, a train conductor spotted the couple lying in grass between the railroad tracks and the homes in the 1100 block of East Avenue G.
Police said Larry Pittman might have been a drug overdose victim. Autopsy results were unavailable Monday.
The couple was homeless for at least a month leading up to Larry Pittman’s death, Kristi Pittman said.
“That’s the only way he would have killed himself,” she said. “He was completely blinded by her.”