FORT HOOD, Texas — Tuesday, November 5, 2019, marks the 10-year anniversary of the tragic Fort Hood shooting that killed 13 people and left more than 30 wounded.
On Thursday, November 5, 2009, former U.S. Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan opened fire on the base.
Below are the names of the 13 victims who lost their lives. They are listed from oldest to youngest.
Michael Grant Cahill
Hometown: Spokane, Washington
John P. Gaffaney
Hometown: Serra Mesa, California
Juanita L. Warman
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Libardo Eduardo Caraveo
Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia
Russell Gilbert Seager
Hometown: Racine, Wisconsin
Justin Michael DeCrow
Hometown: Plymouth, Indiana
Hometown: Mountain City, Tennessee
Amy Sue Krueger
Hometown: Kiel, Wisconsin
Kham See Xiong
Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Michael S. Pearson
Hometown: Bolingbrook, Illinois
Jason Dean Hunt
Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma
Francheska Velez (Was pregnant at the time of the massacre)
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Aaron Thomas Nemelka
Hometown: West Jordan, Utah
On August 23, 2013, Hasan was convicted on 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. Five days later, he was sentenced to death by a 13-member military jury, the same jury that convicted him of the crimes. He is one of four death row inmates in the military justice system, according to ArmyTimes.
On Tuesday, October 29, Vice President Mike Pence visited with soldiers, veterans and their families.Topics discussed included the death of ISIS leader Abu Baku al-Baghdadi, America’s commitment to take on terrorist organizations, the 10-year anniversary of the Fort Hood shooting, announcement of new equipment coming to Fort Hood and America’s commitment to its armed forces.
"And as the nation will pause to remember next week, 10 years ago, on November 5, terror struck at the heart of this base when a former Army psychiatrist opened fire inside the Soldier Readiness Center, claiming the lives of 13 extraordinary Americans," Vice President Pence said. "When I arrived last night, I stopped and paid my respects at the Fort Hood November 5 Memorial. I walked by the columns dedicated — each individual one — to the 13 men and women who fell that day. And I was deeply moved — moved by the tributes to all of those that were lost. Like Staff Sergeant Amy Krueger, who was preparing for a tour of duty in Afghanistan before that fateful day. Or Specialist Jason Dean Hunt, who had just gotten married two months before. Or Private Francheska Velez, who had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq and was expecting her first child. You know, the Bible tells us to mourn with those who mourn, and grieve with those who grieve. But we do not grieve like the rest who have no hope, for our faith gives us hope and heroes give us hope. And as the 10th anniversary of that terrible day approaches next week, let me say, on behalf of the American people, to the families of our fallen and all you brothers- and sisters-in-arms: The American people are with you, and this nation will never forget or fail to honor the service and sacrifice of our heroes who fell on November 5, 2009. That is my solemn pledge. They and their families will remain in our prayers."