Fort Hood Announces Shooting Massacre Site To Be Demolished
FORT HOOD, TX (KXXV) -
Fort Hood has announced plans to tear down the building where the November 5th, 2009 shooting massacre happened on post.
The announcement came on the fourth anniversary of the attack where Army Major Nidal Hasan opened fire in the soldier readiness center killing 13 and wounding 32 others.
The building has not been in use since the attack, and the area has since become somewhat of a makeshift memorial to remember those who were lost and those who lived through the tragedy. The area has also been fenced off and considered an active crime scene ever since the massacre until this past August when Hasan was convicted and sentenced to death for his crimes.
Those who lived through that day agree that its time for the site to be torn down.
"On a personal level, it makes me feel good that they would tear those down," Fort Hood shooting survivor Howard Ray said. "I mean even four years in four years out, it's still something I think about every single day, and its just very uncomfortable to even drive by there without even having to think about that day."
Building 42003 sits in the middle of a group of five buildings, and Fort Hood says that they now have a project in the works for the other four.
Ray says that even after the site is torn down, there should still be a reminder put in place to never forget what happened on that day.
"Make that a permanent memorial so our soldiers don't forget and our community doesn't forget that our soldiers and our civilians lost their lives there that day," Ray said. "That's something that we can't forget, and it shouldn't be forgotten about."
Fort Hood has not announced if they will put up a memorial in place of that site, and an exact date for when they will begin tearing the building down has not been confirmed.