Fort Hood to hold memorial ceremony for soldiers on Wednesday - KXXV Central Texas News Now


Fort Hood to hold memorial ceremony for soldiers on Wednesday

FORT HOOD, TX (KXXV) - Ahead of  Wednesday's memorial service to honor the three soldiers killed in last week's shooting on Fort Hood, three patients still remain hospitalized due to their injuries.

Each patient continues to see improvement daily.

Two of the 16 who were injured during the attack remain at Scott and White in fair condition, while that third patient has been transferred to the Darnall Army Medical Center in good condition.

It's been just under a week since Army Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire on post Wednesday, April 2, killing 3 other people before taking his own life. Fort Hood is preparing to memorialize those three soldiers who died Wednesday afternoon.

President Obama and the First Lady will be arriving on Fort Hood Wednesday morning aboard Air Force One. The President is expected to visit with victim's families and will be speaking at the memorial on Sadowski Field, starting at 2 p.m. President Obama also attended a memorial service back in 2009 after the Nidal Hasan shooting massacre on post.

“It’s true that the President has attended ceremonies and services of this nature in the past far too often, but they never become routine,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said. “The pain of the family members who lost loved ones is not routine.  It's unique in each case and each instance, and I think the President is heartbroken by this event as he has been on each occasion that something like this has happened in the country where he has traveled to participate in ceremonies or service that commemorate those lost and to celebrate their lives."

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the Fort Hood main gate on T.J. Mills Blvd. will be closed in support of the memorial service.

We will begin our live coverage of the service starting Wednesday at 11 a.m. during the Texas Report Midday, and we'll also be streaming the event live right here on News Channel 25 and as it happens.

Two nearby Genghis Grill locations are reaching out to help in the wake of the Fort Hood tragedy. The Harker Heights and College Station locations will donate 100% of their profits from Sunday, April 13. All the proceeds will got to assisting the victims and their families recover from the recent shooting on post.

Families who lost loved ones on 9/11, at the Sandy Hood massacre, and in similar attacks are coming together to help those affected by last week's shooting on post. Some 70 families are supporting a fund to provide "no string attached" cash payments to people affected by similar tragedies.

The idea came from the mother of a man killed in the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Someone who lost a cousin in that shooting says the money will help grief stricken parents, and help victims get back on their feet.

The fund went live in February, and the first beneficiaries will be those affected by the shootings on Fort Hood.
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