April 6th, 2009 12:40 PM
BAD---Fort Bliss Soldier Killed
I did a search on this forum to see if it was posted, but it appears to that it hasn't been. If it has, please remove or close this post. This just adds to the list of random shootings
Husband of slain soldier dies from self-inflicted wound - El Paso Times
Husband of slain soldier dies from self-inflicted wound
By Daniel Borunda / El Paso Times
Posted: 04/06/2009 12:00:00 AM MDT
FORT BLISS -- A soldier had been at Fort Bliss for only a week when she was shot and killed by her civilian husband Saturday afternoon at a shopping center on the army post, a military official said Sunday.
The soldier's husband, whose name had not been released, died Sunday morning at Thomason Hospital after shooting himself with a handgun after the shooting of his wife at the Fort Bliss Post Exchange, Fort Bliss garrison commander Col. Edward Manning said.
Manning identified the slain soldier as 19-year-old Pfc. Cassaundra Nichole Beckel, who arrived at the army post March 28.
Manning said there were no known problems involving the couple during their short time at Fort Bliss.
The FBI, which deals with civilian crime on federal property, continues to investigate the shooting. No one else was injured. An FBI spokeswoman said Sunday evening that she could not discuss the condition of Beckel's husband.
Beckel listed Seattle as her hometown, but post officials said her family is in Missouri. Her family could not be reached for comment.
Beckel became a soldier only recently. She joined the Army on Nov. 26 in Seattle. She had completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., before being sent to Fort Bliss for Advance Individual Training.
As an Advance Individual Training student, Beckel was staying at the barracks while her husband lived off post, officials said.
"I want to say our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased as well as with all those affected by this tragedy," Manning said.
"I want to reassure the entire community that again we consider this an isolated act of violence against the soldier and there was no attempt to harm others in the store," Manning said.
According to El Paso Times archives, the last homicide on Fort Bliss property was in 2003 when Debra Harmon-Frakes was shot and killed by her husband Ben Rogers Frakes at the Fort Bliss RV Park near Chapin High School. Both were civilians
April 6th, 2009 01:50 PM
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April 6th, 2009 03:02 PM
Originally Posted by dukalmighty
I don't think that as a "gun free zone" had anything to do with it. She was 19 and couldn't carry anyway in a private capacity. Regardless, very sad...another murder/suicide.
April 6th, 2009 04:00 PM
Not sure why that fact that a soldier was involved has any relevance in this story. Sounds like young undisciplined white trash to me. Natural selection.
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April 6th, 2009 04:43 PM
They could create and pass 50 more anti-gun laws...it wouldn't stop anything like this.
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April 6th, 2009 05:22 PM
I don't really count domestic violence in the same category as GFZ shootings. It's a type of tragedy that transcends any gun laws or even the gun discussion altogether, in the sense that domestic issues often build up because no one gets help - and people end up spiraling so far downwards that they end up doing something horrible. And I think we've had enough domestic horror stories to see that the non-presence of a gun hardly prevents tragedy.
Originally Posted by dukalmighty
It was the same case with that guy in Washington who killed his kids.
Anyway, I am sure there must be some people even on this board in a similar situation... PLEASE get help. There is NO shame in doing so. Your husband or wife will NOT "get better," it is not "okay because they said sorry." They are sick and you need to get out NOW.
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April 6th, 2009 06:21 PM
It may be domestic violence, but in a location that we are not allowed to carry and must depend on the MP's...
She wasn't old enough to carry... But someone around was... Would it have made a difference in this particualr instance? No one will know...
April 6th, 2009 10:32 PM
He will burn in hell twice. Once for killing his wife, and again for killing a soldier.
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April 7th, 2009 11:39 AM
I believe active duty soldiers 18 and over are eligible to get their CHL in Texas. Carrying on base is not allowed.
According to the info he was not a soldier and he lived off base and his wife lived in the barracks. This could have been worse since the PX is always packed. Sad case definitely.
April 7th, 2009 12:16 PM
Agreed, terrible tragedy.
Originally Posted by boricua
April 7th, 2009 02:22 PM
Maybe she was trying to get away from him and joined the Army and he followed her? Has happened before.
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