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Ground Broken For Fort Hood Shootings Memorial

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KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — Ground has been broken for a Central Texas memorial to victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage that left 13 people dead and more than 30 wounded.

Ceremonies were held Tuesday for the Fort Hood November 5 Memorial near the Killeen Civic and Conference Center

The proposal calls for a more than $400,000 memorial pavilion and bronze sculptures honoring the 13 people who were slain. An organizational website also recognizes those who were wounded in the attack blamed on Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan.

Hasan was convicted and sentenced to death last year for the Nov. 5, 2009, mass shootings. Hasan, who was a major at the time of the gunfire, said he acted to protect Islamic insurgents abroad from American aggression.

Memorial organizers are still accepting donations.

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