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Dozens gather to call for answers in Gregory Wedel's death

Posted at 5:17 PM, Aug 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-02 18:28:28-04

KILLEEN, Texas — Two days after Fort Hood soldier Gregory Morales-Wedel's funeral, a group of Central Texans continue to fight for answers surrounding his death.

More than a dozen of Wedel's friends and family members gathered outside the Killeen Police Department to protest for more communication from detectives during their investigation.

Wedel's disappeared from Fort Hood in August 2019. His remains were found almost a year later in a field in Killeen.

"Nothing has been done for him. They just forgot him," a protester said.

Wedel's mother and brothers drove more than eight hours from Oklahoma to join protesters. They say they are thankful for the care Gregory's friends showed to both Gregory and his entire family.

"[Gregory] was trying to prove to me that he was a grown person, so he didn't call home as much as he should," Gregory's mom Kim Wedel said. "So, I'm glad he had people here to take care of him."

During the protest, a Killeen PD investigator came out to talk with the family and discuss the status of the case.

Still, friends and family say they have been given few answers. They said they feel like his case has been tossed back and forth too much between different departments and want more communication.

"We need to be his voice because unfortunately he can't be his own voice anymore," protester Laniz King said. "So, that's what we're about and why we're here. We're working together and I can't stress that enough."

In a statement, Killeen PD said its homicide unit continues to actively investigate the Wedel case. Since the investigation is active, they will not release any additional information at this time.

Protesters say that is not enough.

"He was discarded and KPD and his unit should have picked it up and ran with it to at least gain some kind of closure to help the friends and family," Gary Shafer, Wedel's friend, said.

Shafer has helped organize an online fundraiser to support the family.

Protesters say they plan to continue protesting every week to make sure the search for justice continues.