Donations needed for victims memorial for first Fort Hood shooting

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by KVUE

khou.com

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 23 at 2:48 PM

KILLEEN, Texas -- Donations are needed to finish the memorial for the victims of the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting at Fort Hood.

Sculptor Troy Kelley has finished 13 bronze statues detailing the favorite items of each of the 13 shooting victims. The outdoor memorial planned for the Killeen Convention Center can't move forward until more donations come in.

"This memorial will be built if I have to get out with a hammer and nails and build it myself. It will be built," said Kelley. 

The project needs $175,000 to complete the memorial. Kelley donated thousands of hours of his time to finish the bronze pieces. The memorial also includes 13 granite columns and the story of what happened the day of the shooting. The memorial will also include the names of the wounded and killed.

"Generations to come need to understand what happened, why it happened and what do they need to do to start preventing this," said Joleen Cahill, the widow of Michael Cahill, the only civilian who died in the Fort Hood shooting.

Cahill and Kelley are working to raise badly needed dollars. The goal is to build the memorial in time for the fifth anniversary of the shooting.

Go here for more information on how to donate. 

The group is also asking for in-kind donations from businesses.

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