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Killeen mayor no stranger to tragedy

Killeen, Fort Hood sites of multiple mass shootings

Fort Hood and the city of Killeen are no strangers to the type of violence that struck the community Wednesday.
Fort Hood and the city of Killeen are no strangers to the type of violence that struck the community Wednesday.


Fort Hood and the city of Killeen are no strangers to the type of violence that struck the community Wednesday.

The deadly shooting on post is the third mass shooting to take place in both communities.

Like many residents in the Killeen area, Mayor Dan Corbin is a military veteran who served at Fort Hood and then decided to stay and call Killeen home.

He said he went through a range of emotions when he heard about Wednesday's shooting on post.

"It made me both mad and sad -- sad for the families and the loss of life and mad that something like this once again happened in our community," Corbin said.

Wednesday's shooting was the latest in a string of mass casualty shootings in the community. Less than five years ago, 13 soldiers and civilians were killed and 32 more wounded by Army Major Nidal Hasan when he went on a shooting rampage in November 2009 at Fort Hood.

Prior to that incident, the city of Killeen had experienced an even worse mass slaying when a gunman shot 50 people, killing 23 inside a Luby's restaurant in 1991. It was the worst mass shooting on record until the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.

On top of that, the community has also lost hundreds of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 13 years.

As he made the rounds Thursday talking to reporters, Corbin said even though they've been through this before, it doesn't make it any easier.

"Our community is used to experiencing grief, mourning ... our soldiers, but somehow, when it happens at what's supposed to be a safe place, it's unusually difficult to deal with because they should be safe at home," he said.

The mayor's office is working with Fort Hood officials to plan a public memorial for the latest victims, but at this point, nothing is set in stone.

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