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Obama to attend Fort Hood memorial, Biden heading to Fort Lewis

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WASHINGTON. - President Barack Obama is headed to Texas, to pay respects and offer comfort to those affected by last week's shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

In an interview yesterday with ABC News, Obama said he was going to "personally express the incredible heartbreak that we all feel."

Obama will privately console families of the 13 people who were killed, and then publicly pay respects at a memorial service. He and first lady Michelle Obama will also visit wounded troops in the hospital before returning to Washington.

The post commander says at least 3,000 people are expected to attend the memorial service, including the families of the dead and wounded and members of the public.

VP Biden speaking at Fort Lewis ceremony for 7

Vice President Joe Biden is speaking at Tuesday's memorial service at Fort Lewis for seven soldiers killed by a roadside bomb on Oct. 27 in Afghanistan.

All were members of the 5th Stryker brigade that has lost more than two dozen soldiers since deploying in July.

The seven are:

  • 24-year-old Sgt. Fernando Delarosa of Alamo, Texas
  • 27-year-old Staff Sgt. Luis M. Gonzalez of South Ozone Park, N.Y.
  • 29-year-old Sgt. Dale R. Griffin of Terre Haute, Ind.
  • 27-year-old Sgt. Isaac B. Jackson of Plattsburg, Mo.
  • 24-year-old Patrick O. Williamson of Broussard, La.
  • 22-year-old Spc. Jared D. Stanker of Evergreen Park. Ill
  • 25-year-old Pfc. Christopher I. Walz of Vancouver, Wash

A service was held last week for an eighth Fort Lewis soldier killed the same day in a separate attack, 20-year-old Pfc. Brian R. Bates of Gretna, La.

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