At Vigil, A Reminder 'to Keep Breathing'

Hundreds attend Fort Hood's first gathering since shooting
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 6, 2009 8:58 PM CST
At Vigil, A Reminder 'to Keep Breathing'
Major William McKnight wipes tears from his eyes during a vigil at Fort Hood, Texas, tonight.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Several hundred people gathered at a stadium at Fort Hood tonight, where the Army's chief chaplain offered prayers for families and victims of the shooting rampage that left 13 dead and 30 wounded at the Texas base yesterday. Chaplain Douglas Carver told those at the vigil—many dressed in fatigues and black berets—to "remember to keep breathing ... keep going."

God Bless America and Amazing Grace were sung as husbands wrapped their arms around their wives, babies cried and old men in wheelchairs bowed their heads. It was the first community gathering since the killings. (Read more Fort Hood stories.)

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