Funerals are being held Saturday in Florida and Missouri for two of the three victims killed in the Fort Hood shooting rampage.
Sgt. 1st Class Danny Ferguson, 39, will be honored in a private funeral at Resurrection Catholic Church in Lakeland, Fla., according to the Patriot Guard Riders, who escorted his remains from Tampa International Airport to the funeral home on Friday.
Ferguson had served in the army for 21 years and had just returned from Afghanistan in 2013, according to his memorial profile on the Patriot Guard Rider website.
“He sacrificed his life to save his fellow soldiers during the Fort Hood rampage,” the profile said.
Spc. Ivan Lopez — a 34-year-old enlisted soldier — opened fire at Fort Hood on April 2, killing three and injuring 16 before turning the gun on himself, officials said.
Ferguson’s fiancée, Kristen Haley, told WTSP, a CBS affiliate in Tampa, Fla., that Ferguson died trying to hold a door shut to keep the gunman away from a room full of military personnel.
He will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery, according to NBC affiliate WESH.
The Patriot Guard Riders also paid tribute to shooting victim Army Sgt. Timothy Owens, 37,at his funeral at Long Kloeppel Funeral Home in Missouri on Saturday.
Owens was an Illinois native who was once stationed in Kuwait, according to NBC Chicago. He is survived by his wife and three children, the Patriot Guard Rider said.
The body of Sgt. Carlos Lazaney Rodriguez, who also lost his life during the Fort Hood shooting, was transported with his fellow soldier from the Tampa International Airport by the Patriot Guard Riders on Friday. His funeral service will be held on Monday at the Blount & Curry Funeral Home-MacDill Avenue Chapel in Tampa, according to WESH.
A wake for Lopez was held in Puerto Rico on Friday, and his funeral services and burial will take place Saturday afternoon, according to family spokesman Glidden Lopez Torres.
— Elisha Fieldstadt
First published April 12 2014, 9:19 AM