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Father of Fort Hood Gunman: He 'Must Not Have Been in His Right Mind'

The family suggests that the attacker was also affected by the deaths of his mother and grandfather, and by a recent base transer.
Image: Puerto Rico National Guard handout photo shows U.S. soldier SPC Lopez in the Sinai Peninsula during his service with the 295th Infantry of the PR National Guard
U.S. soldier SPC Ivan Lopez is pictured in the Sinai Peninsula between 2007 and 2008 during his service with the 295th Infantry of the Puerto Rico National Guard in this undated handout photo by PR National Guard obtained by Reuters April 3, 2014. Lopez, suspected of shooting dead three people before killing himself at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas on April 2, was under psychiatric care but showed no signs of violence or suicidal tendencies, a U.S. official said on April 3, 2014.Puerto Rico National Guard / Reuters file

The father of Spc. Ivan Lopez, the Fort Hood gunman, said Friday that his son “must not have been in his right mind.”

The Lopez family said in a statement that the recent deaths of Lopez’s mother and grandfather and a base transfer “surely affected his existing condition because of his experiences as a soldier.”

Lopez’s grandfather died in October and his mother in November. In February, he was transferred to Fort Hood from Fort Bliss, elsewhere in Texas. Lopez was being treated for anxiety and depression and evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The family’s statement:

Facing the tragedy that occurred on April 2 in Fort Hood, TX, the family of the Puerto Rican soldier Iván López is concerned and asks for prayers for those affected and deceased by the unfortunate incidents. Iván López, father of the soldier, is still in shock and described his son as a calm family man, a young worker who always looked out for the well being of his home and a good son."This situation has caused great pain. I ask for prayers for the affected families, even more so when there is still an ongoing investigation. My son must not have been in his right mind, he wasn't like that," said Iván López, Sr.As an active soldier he defended the nation and received medals. He also worked honorably as a policeman on the island. According to his father, the soldier was under medical treatment and the passing of his mother, his grandfather and the recent changes when transferring to the base surely affected his existing condition because of his experiences as a soldier. No more comments shall be made during the investigation conducted by authorities.

— Erin McClam