The Blaze, Sara Carter, February 12, 2014
“Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!”
Army Maj. Nidal Hasan’s words hung in the air along with the smell of gunpowder from his semi-automatic pistol.
On Nov. 5, 2009, the Fort Hood Army psychiatrist methodically and deliberately took the lives of 13 people, including a pregnant woman. Thirty-two others were wounded. The shooting is considered the worst mass murder on a military base in
U.S. history, and more than four
years later, the victims have yet to find closure.
For the surviving victims, life will never be the same. Retired Army Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford Jr. worked as a psychiatric specialist at the base and had met Hasan several times. He still has difficulty coming to grips with the horrors he witnessed. He’s haunted by the screams of his coworkers whose paths crossed with Hasan in the waiting room at
Fort Hood’s . Soldier Readiness Processing
“Please, I’m pregnant, don’t shoot my baby! My baby,” cried Pvt. Francheska Velez, a 21-year-old from
had returned home from her deployment in Iraq because of her pregnancy.
Lunsford can still hear her pleading for her life.