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Funds Needed For Fort Hood Shooting Memorial

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The first full week of the accused Fort Hood shooter's court martial is coming to a close, and a memorial to honor those who were killed in the massacre is getting closer to becoming a reality.

Donations for the memorial project have been coming in for over three years, but more money is still needed to get the memorial built.

Nearly fours years have passed since the Killeen City Council approved the building of that memorial to honor the 13 victims who were killed in the Fort Hood shootings back in November 2009.

The memorial is set to be built on the grounds of the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

Those behind the project say they're not giving up, and they are still determined to bring this memorial to life. 

"We're determined to get this built," director of the Killeen Civic and Conference Center Connie Kuehl said.

Kuehl is a member of the committee formed by the Killeen City Council that is now backing the project alongside the SPJST organization.

The memorial will be a pavilion that will house 13 individual pillars to display personalized bronzed sculptures each with items that commemorate the lives lost in the shootings.

"They represent something special to that person and what their family remembered," Kuehl said.

Family members of the victims recently got to see those bronze sculptures for the first time.

"We did a small reception for them," Kuehl said. "They got to see the bronzes for the first time, and it was very moving. It was real emotional, but they were all very pleased with what had come out."

Along with each bronze sculpture, 13 trees and 13 benches will also line the outside of the pavilion where Kuehl says she believes families of the victims, as well as those in the community, can go to remember those whose lives were taken and to pay tribute to their memories.

"It's been very emotional, but I think it's also healing to be able to see this and come here to a nice place and enjoy it," Kuehl said.

Kuehl says that the committee still needs over $200,000 in funding before construction on the memorial can start.

To donate to that memorial fund, you can visit www.forthoodmemorial.com.

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