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DOZENS ATTEND VIGIL FOR FORT HOOD VICTIM FROM EFFINGHAM

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Effingham native, Sgt. Timothy Owens, was killed in last week's fort hood shooting. Now his hometown is paying tribute.

Friday night, more than 75 men and women gathered at Effingham County Courthouse Museum to memorialize Owens' life with a candlelight vigil. Sgt. Owens was one of three people killed and 16 wounded in the shooting spree. The gunman.. later identified as Ivan Lopez... turned the gun on himself. Sergeant Owens was hailed as a hero during the shooting.. walking toward Lopez to calm him down.. as the shooter kept firing.. killing Owens. On Wednesday, there was a memorial held for all of the victims at Fort Hood which the President attended. The vigil on Friday night was organized by friends and family from Effingham. They say Owens "deserves our respect" and the vigil should be about his service to the country.

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