This week, we heard the terrible news out of Fort Hood in Texas about the shootings there. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families.
Unfortunately, I’ve been through similar experiences as my uncle, whom I looked up to, was killed in a similar fashion in 1995 at Fort Bragg, NC. As I watched the news reports on KBS at work, I thought that it just had to be a deranged soldier, one not unlike the man who killed my uncle. I was very, very shocked when I saw that it was an officer and a doctor whose specialty was psychiatry.
Much more will come out, I’m sure, in the days and weeks ahead. I only hope that the prosecution handles this case well. In the case of my uncle, an Army appeals court gave his murderer a new trial because his defense team was denied the right to have a “mitigation specialist”. Apparently, his defense team had no real prior experience in capital cases so they felt unable to introduce all sorts of mitigating circumstances. Thankfully, though, my uncle’s murderer did eventually plead guilty and spared my aunt and my cousins, her stepchildren, from having to go through the trial all over again.
Were it not for quick thinking and action on the part of some soldiers at Fort Hood as well as a police officer in the area, things could have been much, much worse. You can read about some of the heroes by clicking here.
My thoughts and prayers are very much with the families. It is a sad and tragic thing. May those who died, rest in peace.
Requiem aeternam, dona eis Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis. Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem: exaudi orationem meam, ad te omnis caro veniet. Requiem aeternam, dona eis Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Rest eternal, grant them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. A hymn becometh thee, O God, in Zion, and a vow shall be paid unto thee in Jerusalem. Hear thou my prayer, all flesh shall come unto thee. Rest eternal, grant them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.