Soldier killed in Fort Hood shooting returns to Rolla on Friday

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Sergeant Timothy Owens comes home from Fort Hood on Friday. He died in last week's shooting rampage on the base. Owens was one of three people killed during the shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas last week, 16 others were wounded.

Bodies of military members arrive in the cargo area of Lambert St. Louis International Airport. For each arrival there is a military color guard to present the body to the family. In addition, one group is asking for the public to offer their salutes.

Owens, is a native of Effingham, Illinois. His family moved to Rolla, Missouri where he will be buried. A very sad occasion for family and friends. A group called Hope for Heroes wants to make his homecoming a tribute to Sgt. Owens and his family.

Chip Shaffer, the Illinois coordinator for Hope for Heroes, is asking for volunteers to help put up 3,000 American flags in Rolla along the procession route that will carry the body of Sergeant Owens home.

"This young man has served his country with honor. The sad thing is that he didn't finish his entire mission. We're bringing him home. Bringing him home means that he needs to be honored for what he's done. We need to honor his family for what they've sacrificed over the years with him being on active duty." said Chip Shaffer.

The American flags are large with eight foot poles. Anyone with a pick up truck is welcome to haul the flags to various spots along the procession.
Volunteers should meet at 3pm on Friday at the parking lot at 801 North Cedar Street in Rolla near the high school.

The body of Sergeant Owens is scheduled to arrive here Lambert Airport early Friday afternoon. The hearse will be escorted by the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Patriot Guard FROM St. Louis to Rolla.

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