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Friday, August 16, 2013

Pregnant soldier pleaded for baby during Fort Hood massacre

CONTINUING COVERAGE: HASAN TRIAL
Pregnant soldier pleaded for baby during rampage
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
Associated Press

FORT HOOD — One of the soldiers killed during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood cried out for her unborn child as she was fatally shot.

Pvt. Francheska Velez was among 13 people killed when a gunman opened fire inside a crowded medical building at the sprawling Central Texas Army post Nov. 5, 2009. Maj. Nidal Hasan is being court-martialed in the massacre.

He’s also accused of wounding more than 30 others.

Pathologist Col. AbuBakr Marzouk says Velez suffered a fatal wound to her heart and right lung. Witnesses to the shooting testified earlier to hearing the 21-year-old Chicago woman cry out, “My baby! My baby!”

If convicted, the Army psychologist who stands trial for the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base could face the death penalty.

The 13 victims were shot 48 times, according to pathologists. Spc. Frederick Greene was shot 12 times and a pathologist testified Thursday that his injuries were consistent with him attempting to confront the shooter.
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