TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com) - Two flag-draped coffins, containing bodies of soldiers slain at Fort Hood last week, will arrive at Tampa International Airport today to begin the final leg of their final journeys.
At 3:58 p.m., the body of Army Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney Rodriguez, 38, is scheduled to arrive on United Airlines Flight 1640 from Texas. Nearly three hours later, the body of Army Sgt. First Class Daniel Ferguson, 39, is scheduled to arrive at 6:50 p.m. on Southwest Airlines Flight 192.
There will be private dignified transfer ceremonies for each soldier on the tarmac and then the bodies will be escorted out of the airport by the Patriot Guard Riders motorcycle organization, said Thomas “T-Man” Brown, Florida Patriot Guard Riders assistant state captain. A number of local troop support organizations will be on hand waving flags at a staging area near the Tampa Airport Mariott.
Investigators say Lazaney Rodriguez, Ferguson and Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens, 37 of Effington, Il., were gunned down April 2 by Army Spc. Ivan Lopez at the sprawling Texas Army base. When confronted by a base security officer, Lopez committed suicide with his own gun. Army officials say 16 others were wounded, 11 of whom have since reported back to duty. Five remain hospitalized near the base.
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