An Illinois man is one of the fatalities in the recent shootings on a military base in Texas. 37 year old Timothy Owens grew up in Effingham before his family moved to Rolla, Missouri. He was a ten-year Army veteran who was working as a counselor at Fort Hood. Owens was gunned down on Wednesday when a soldier opened fire.
Owens’ mother and other family still live in the Effingham area and learned of his death on Wednesday not long after the shootings took place. Owens joined the Army in 2004 and had served in Iraq. Two others were killed and 16 were injured, while the gunman took his own life.