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November 6, 2009

NEW: Fort Hood shooting claims former Oklahoma resident

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A recently married, 22-year-old soldier from southwest Oklahoma was one of the 13 people killed in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, his mother said Friday.

Gale Hunt of Frederick said two uniformed soldiers came to her door at 11:30 p.m. Thursday to notify her of the death of her son, Spc. Jason Dean Hunt.

She said her son entered the military after graduating from Tipton High School, and had served three and a half years, including a stint in Iraq. He was previously stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia.

Hunt said her son was married two months ago. He re-enlisted for an additional six years after serving his first two-year hitch. She described him as family-oriented.

“He didn’t go in for hunting or sports,” she said. “He was a very quiet boy who enjoyed video games.”

Hunt said the military told her that her son’s body will be flown to Dover, Md., before final burial arrangements are made.

Kathy Gray, an administrative assistant at Tipton Schools, said Hunt, known as J.D., started attending school in Tipton in elementary school and graduated in 2005.

“He was a real quiet kid, just kind of a quiet boy and a good kid, very kind,” Gray said.

Superintendent Shane Boothe said school officials are planning to have a moment of silence Friday night at the Tipton football game against Thackerville and will plan other memorials.


Apartment complex manager: Muslim sticker removed from suspect’s car

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — An apartment complex manager says the man accused of opening fire at Fort Hood, Texas recently had a religious bumper sticker torn off his car.

The manager, John Thompson, says a fellow soldier allegedly keyed Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s car and ripped up the bumper sticker. Thompson says the soldier had been to Iraq and was upset to learn Hasan was Muslim.

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