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Remembering the Fort Hood victims

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(CNN) -We're learning more about the victims in this week's deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood. Relatives and friends of those killed and injured in the mass shooting are speaking out about their loved ones.

Sergeant First Class Danny Ferguson is being remembered as a hero, sacrificing his life to protect a room full of others, using his own body as a barricade in front of a door to keep the gunman out.

His fiancee, Kristen Haley, was nearby when the gunfire erupted.

"He held that door shut because there's no locks. If he was not being the one against that door holding it, that shooter would have been able to get through and shoot everyone else."

A talented athlete, friends say he was destined for greatness.

Ferguson had just returned from a tour in Afghanistan.

His fiancee says he died doing what he loved- serving his country.

"He did have a pleasure serving. Like this was his life, and he was proud to be part of such a great service."

A counselor and father of two, Sergeant Timothy Owens just signed up for another six years with the army.

Recently remarried, the 37-year old dedicated his life to helping fellow soldiers.

His mother tried calling her son when she heard about the shooting.

"He didn't answer the phone so I left a message saying call me so I know if you're ok or not.

Well, never got no call from him.  I thought: 'oh god, please don't let it be."

and Sergeant Carlos Lazaney Rodriguez enlisted as soon as he could at age 18.

Described as a caring leader, the native Puerto Rican had a 20 year career in the army.

He planned to retire at the end of the year.

Among the 16 wounded, Sergeant Jonathan Westbrook, a former bank teller and dedicated father of three from Mississippi, who joined the army three years ago.

Westbrook worked in the office where the shooting began.

He was hit by three bullets in his chest and one of his arms.

And , New York state native Major Patrick Miller is in stable condition after two surgeries.

The two-time combat veteran also has masters degrees in business and public administration from Syracuse University.

Friends call him the glue that keeps them together.

"Obviously this is a wound on his belt, but he'll move on."

Move on, but never forget. 

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