Soldiers killed in Fort Hood Shooting came home to Tampa area

TAMPA, Fla. - The bodies of two soldiers killed in the Fort Hood shooting are at funeral homes in the Tampa area.

Staff Sgt. Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez is at a funeral home in Tampa. Sergeant First Class Daniel Ferguson is at a funeral home in Lakeland.

Ivan Lopez killed them when he opened fire April 2 at the Fort Hood military base and then killed himself, authorities said.

A hush came over Tampa International Airport as their caskets arrived on a commercial airliner.

When the casket Ferguson came off the plane, his fiancé led friends and family to greet it. They were in tears when they surrounded and hugged the casket.

Kris Starr was one of hundreds of people that lined the route for Ferguson.

"It doesn't matter if they were killed in combat or if they were killed on our own soil,” he said. “They are still a part of our military and we have to show out respect to all of them."

His casket was escorted by the Florida Patriot Guard Riders, which accompanied both soldiers to honor what they lived and died for.

"You do ride with tears in your eyes a lot of times and. And it's always tough when you are burying a soldier, but like I say, it's not about us. We do it for them,” Rider Forrest Heidel said.

He also accompanied the casket of Lazaney-Rodriguez to a funeral home in Tampa.
Lazaney-Rodriguez's family wanted a smaller home coming at the airport. He will be buried Monday.

His colleague will be buried Saturday in Lakeland.

Gov. Rick Scott ordered all the flags in the state to be flown at half-staff on Monday.

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