Three soldiers slain at Fort Hood identified

Three soldiers slain at Fort Hood identified
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 10:10am

The three soldiers killed Wednesday at Fort Hood, Texas, have been identified.

They are:

Danny Ferguson

He was a native of Mulberry, Florida, and had just returned from Afghanistan, his fiancee, Kristen Haley, told CNN affiliate WTSP. Haley is also a soldier.

CNN also spoke to Ferguson's parents in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area. They declined to comment.

Sgt. Carlos Alberto Lazaney Rodriguez

He was 38 and planned to retire from the military soon after serving 20 years, Aguadilla Mayor Carlos Mendez told Mayra Cuevas of CNN en Español.

The slain soldier's aunt lives in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and the rest of his immediate family, including his father and three brothers, lives in Tampa, Florida, Cuevas reported.

"It was a very close-knit family," Mendez said "Excellent, decent, very good people. I know his family and his parents. They are good people."

Sgt. Timothy Owens

His death was confirmed by CNN affiliate WICS in Springfield, Illinois, which spoke to his mother, Mary Muntean. She said he had planned to make the military his career.

"Very terrible that they had to shoot my son," she said. "He was a good person. Why would they shoot a good person that was helping them?"

Owens is survived by his mother, his wife and two children, according to a family statement.

Authorities said the shooting suspect, 34-year-old Spc. Ivan Lopez, died after shooting himself in the head.

Sixteen other people were injured. 

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