FORT HOOD, Texas (KSDK) – A local soldier who was shot and killed at Fort Hood received special recognition Wednesday from President Barack Obama.
Effingham native Sergeant Timothy Owens and two others were gunned down last week by a fellow soldier on the army base.
Obama and the first lady attended a memorial service Wednesday for shooting victims. During the service, he described how Owens protected the lives of others, while sacrificing his own.
"Timothy, the counselor, even gave his life walking toward the gunman, trying to calm him down," Obama said. "We must honor these men with a renewed commitment to keep our troops safe, not just in battle, but on the home front as well."
Owens' body will be flown to Lambert Airport Friday afternoon, and a military honor guard will help transfer the body to his family.
Friends in Effingham are planning a candlelight vigil in his honor Friday night outside the Effingham County Courthouse.