Violent Crime, Suicide, and Non Combat Death at Fort Hood, Texas (US Army)

Fort Hood is a U.S. military post located in Killeen, Texas. The post is named after Confederate General John Bell Hood. It is located halfway between Austin and Waco, about 60 miles (100 km) from each, within the U.S. state of Texas. -Wikipedia

*Research not complete and includes combat deaths.

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2018:
Mark Boner, Indiana Army NG: ‘It’s unclear at this time what led to his death’
Javion Sullivan, US Army: Non-combat related incident, Iraq

2017:
David Ananou, US Army: Death by apparent drowning at Belton Lake
Christie Anderson, US Army: Found dead at off-post residence
Randal Anderson, US Army: Died of gunshot wound off-post
Angel BenitezQuinones, US Army: Found unresponsive on post
Jon Bullard, US Army: Found dead at off post home in Temple
Sean Callahan, US Army: Passed away unexpectedly in Iowa
Sameer Chalise, US Army: Died due to injuries while swimming
Jonathon Charlot, US Army: Victim of Hate Crime, Vandalizing
Sean Devoy, US Army: Died in fall during helicopter hoist training
Jonathan Garcia, US Army: Fatal motorcycle accident
Michael Garcia, US Army: Died in vehicle training Incident
Travis Granger, US Army Veteran: Gunshot wound, death ruled homicide
Alva Gwinn, US Army: Shot self during high pursuit with police after accused of sex crimes
John Hatfield, US Army: Died of a gunshot wound off-post in Killeen
Steven Hines, US Army: CID Agent found dead behind building
Justin Lewis, US Army: Shot to death in Killeen, unsolved homicide
Anthony Lovell, US Army: Death ruled fatal motorcycle accident
Deangelo Mathis, US Army: Found unresponsive in Georgia
Zachary Moore, US Army: found unresponsive in barracks room, Korea
Andre Nance US Army: Found dead on post at Fort Rucker, Alabama
Brian Odiorne, US Army: Non Combat Death Ruled Suicide by CID
Justen Ogden, US Army: Found unresponsive at on post home
Zackary Partin, US Army: Found dead at on-post residence
James Smith, US Army: Fatal motorcycle accident off post
Devon Tucker, US Army: Found dead at off post home in Copperas Cove
Barron Von Reichelt, US Army: Died in fatal auto accident on post
Alex Taylor, US Army: Found dead at place of duty on post
Luke Toomey, US Army: Found unresponsive at off-post residence, Copperas Cove
Derrick Walker, US Army: Died of a long-term illness
Daniel Wildeman, US Army: Found dead on post in barracks
Kai Yancey, US Army: Died after complications from short illness

2016:
Bradley Acker, US Army: Death was self-inflicted at off-post residence
Calvin Aguilar, US Army: Found Dead off post in Copperas Cove
Anthony Antell Jr, USMC Vet: Victim of Homicide
Christine Armstrong, US Army: Died in Floodwaters Training Accident
Douglas Bailey, US Army: Found dead at off post residence
Brandon Banner, US Army: Died in Floodwaters Training Accident
Nathan Berg, US Army: Died of gunshot wound off post
Ricci Bradden, US Army: Homicide of USMC veteran
Paige Fontenot Briles, US Army: Found dead in vehicle at post housing
Allan Brown, US Army: Died in suicide bombing, Afghanistan
Wanya Bruns, US Army: Died of gunshot wound off post
Thomas Chestnut, US Army: 2014 sexual assault conviction overturned
Miguel Colonvazquez, US Army: Died in Floodwaters Training Accident
Timothy Corder, Civilian: Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter of Soldier
Isaac Deleon, US Army: Died in Floodwaters Training Accident
Zachery Fuller, US Army: Died in Floodwaters Training Accident
Eddy Gates, US Army: Died in Floodwaters Training Accident
Jonathan ‘Mike Gilotti, US Army Veteran: Homicide, Alabama
Antino Glass, US Army: Died from motorcycle accident on post
Bernardino Guevara Jr., US Army: Died of gunshot wound on post
Stacy Hardy, US Army: Died from motorcycle crash while eluding police
Andrew Hunt, US Army: Found dead at on-post residence
Tyler Iubelt, US Army: Died in suicide bombing on secure base in Afghanistan
Korey James, US Army: Found Dead at Off Post Residence
Tysheena James, US Army: Died in Floodwaters Training Accident
Alexander Johnson, US Army: Found Dead at BLORA on Post
Steven Lewis, US Army: Died of self-inflicted wound off post
Dougal Mitchell, US Army: Fatal automobile accident off post
Daniel Monibe, US Army: Died of illness off post
Marcus Nelson, US Army: Died while in custody at local jail
Kevin Paulino, US Army: Self inflicted gunshot wound, Indiana
John Perry, US Army: Died in suicide bombing on secure base in Afghanistan
Andrew Poznick, US Army: Found dead in off-post residence in Pennsylvania
Logan Rainwater, US Army: Fatal motorcycle accident off post
Ellsworth Raup, US Army: Fatal motorcycle accident off post
Brian Reed, US Army: Found dead of gunshot wound at off-post residence
Douglas Riney, US Army: Killed by lone gunman in Afghanistan Army uniform
Devin Schuette, US Army: Found dead inside vehicle at BLORA on post
Dion Servant, US Army: Found dead in barracks on post
Duane Shaw, US Army: Found dead at off-post residence
John Stobbe, US Army: Found dead at off post residence
Dakota Stump, US Army: Died as a result of a vehicle accident on post
Yingming Sun, US Army: Died in Floodwaters Training Accident
Sean Van Der Wal, US Army: Intoxicated soldier killed him in vehicle crash
Troy Wayman, US Army: Officer found dead off post
Mitchell Winey, US Army: Died in Floodwaters Training Accident

2015:
Victor Badilloalvarez, US Army: Died in physical altercation, Florida
Elvis Bingham, US Army: Gunshot wound at off-post residence
Casey Chapman, US Army: Found dead at a training area on post
Toby Childers, US Army: Died in Black Hawk Training Crash
Cecelia Cole, US Army: Gunshot wound at off-post residence
Stephen Cooley, US Army: Died in Black Hawk Training Crash
Robert Jones Jr., US Army: Died in Drowning Accident near Post
Kevin Lewis, US Army: Self-inflicted gunshot wound off post
Dillon Mitchell, US Army: Gunshot wound at on-post residence
Jason Smith, US Army: Died in Black Hawk Training Crash
Robert Snear, US Army: Found dead in barracks on post
Kendrick Sneed, US Army: Found dead in off-post residence
Michael Tharp, US Army: Died in Black Hawk Training Crash
Brian Wilkerson, US Army: Found dead in on-post residence
Gene Brandes, US Army: Found dead in barracks

2014:
Leila Ezzeddine, US Army Dependent: Homicide Victim
Rouhad Ezzeddine, US Army Spouse: Murder-Suicide on Post
Zeinab Ezzeddine, US Army Dependent: Homicide Victim
Danny Ferguson, US Army: Homicide Victim on Post
Donnell Hamilton, US Army: Died from Illness, Afghanistan
Triston Johnson, US Army: Gunshot wound off post
Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez, US Army: Homicide Victim on Post
Ivan Lopez, US Army: Homicide, Attempted Homicide, Suicide
Wyatt Martin, US Army: Enemy Attacked Vehicle with IED, Afghanistan
Ramon Morris, US Army: Enemy Attacked Vehicle with IED, Afghanistan
Christopher Mulalley, US Army: Non Combat Related Incident, Afghanistan
Timothy Owens, US Army: Homicide Victim on Post
Gage Schellin, US Army: Gunshot wound at off post residence

2013:
Lisa Salzman, US Army: Found dead in barracks on post
Jose Suarez, US Army: Found dead in barracks on post
Jason Togi, US Army: Enemy attacked vehicle with IED, Afghanistan

2012:
Kevin Hardin, US Army Veteran: Found dead in his home, medical

2011:
Michael Bailey II, US Army: Death Ruled Suicide, Family Believes Murder
Michael Reese, US Army: Homicide, Sentenced to Life in Prison
Justin Richardson, US Army: Homicide Victim

2010:
Jesse Franklin, US Army Spouse: Homicide Victim
Michael Franklin, US Army: Murder-Suicide on Post
Kemper Jones, US Army: Found dead in off post residence
Alexis Maldonado, US Army: Insurgents attacked unit, Afghanistan

2009:
Michael Cahill, US Army: Nidal Hasan Homicide Victim
L. Eduardo Caraveo, US Army: Nidal Hasan Homicide Victim
Justin DeCrow, US Army: Nidal Hasan Homicide Victim
Joseph Fortin, US Army: Enemy forces attacked vehicle with IED, Iraq
John Gaffaney, US Army: Nidal Hasan Homicide Victim
Frederick Greene, US Army: Nidal Hasan Homicide Victim
Nidal Hasan, US Army: Homicide, Terrorism, Sentenced to Death
Matthew Hastings, US Army: Non-combat related incident, Iraq
Jason Hunt, US Army: Nidal Hasan Homicide Victim
Amy Krueger, US Army: Nidal Hasan Homicide Victim
Aaron Nemelka, US Army: Nidal Hasan Homicide Victim
Michael Pearson, US Army: Nidal Hasan Homicide Victim
Johnny Polk, US Army: Vehicle struck by an anti-tank grenade, Iraq
Jeffrey Reed, US Army: Vehicle struck by anti-tank grenade, Iraq
Russell Seager, US Army: Nidal Hasan Homicide Victim
Francheska Velez, US Army: Nidal Hasan Homicide Victim
Jaunita Warman, US Army: Nidal Hasan Homicide Victim
Kham Xiong, US Army: Nidal Hasan Homicide Victim

2008:
David Badie, US Army: Vehicle encountered IED, Afghanistan
Seteria Brown, US Army: Non-combat related incident, Afghanistan
Justin Buxbaum, US Army: Non-combat related incident, Afghanistan
David Cooper, US Army: Dismounted patrol came under fire, Iraq
Jair De Jesus Garcia, US Army: Vehicle encountered IED, Afghanistan
Michael Girdano, US Army: Vehicle encountered IED, Afghanistan
Charles Leonard, Jr., US Army: vehicle struck by rocket propelled grenade, Iraq
Bryan Lounsbury, US Army: Fatal automobile accident off post
John Mattox, US Army: Non-Combat Related Incident, Afghanistan
Andre Mitchell, US Army: Fatal Vehicle Accident, Iraq
Keisha Morgan, US Army: Non Combat Related Causes, Iraq
William Mulvihill, US Army: Vehicle encountered IED, Afghanistan
David Paquet, US Army: Undetermined Causes on Patrol, Afghanistan
Kristopher Rodgers, US Army:  IED detonated near vehicle, Afghanistan

2007:
Kamisha Block, US Army: Homicide Victim, Iraq
Edward Cardenas, US Army: Died of wounds from IED, Iraq
Donald Gower, US Army: Homicide, Sentenced to Life
Marisol Heredia, US Army: Non combat related injury, Iraq
Christine Ndururi, US Army: Non combat related illness, Kuwait
Paul Norris, US Army: Homicide-Suicide, Iraq
Princess Samuels, US Army: Indirect fire from enemy, Iraq
Lawrence Sprader, US Army: Negligent Training Death
Omar Torres, US Army: Died of wounds from IED, Iraq
Zandra Walker, US Army: Indirect fire from enemy, Iraq
Donald Young, US Army: Died of wounds from IED, Iraq

2006:
Christopher Blaney, US Army: Non combat related incident, Iraq
Marcus Cain, US Army: Died when vehicle-borne IED detonated nearby, Iraq
Jeannette Dunn, US Army: Non combat related injury, Iraq
David Gordon, US Army: Died when IED detonated near vehicle, Iraq
Cesar Granados, US Army: Died when IED detonated near vehicle, Iraq
Jennifer Hartman, US Army: Died when vehicle-borne IED detonated nearby, Iraq
Moises Jazmin, US Army: Died when IED detonated near vehicle, Iraq
Qixing Lee, US Army: Died when IED detonated near vehicle, Iraq
James Lyons, US Army: Died during combat operations, Iraq
Russell Makowski, US Army: Died when IED detonated during combat ops, Iraq
Luis Montes, US Army: Died when IED detonated near vehicle, Iraq
Shaun Novak, US Army: Died when IED detonated near vehicle, Iraq
Henry Paul, US Army: Died from injuries when vehicle rolled over, Iraq
Emily Perez, US Army: Died when IED detonated near vehicle, Iraq
Tina Priest, US Army: Non combat related incident, Iraq
Jared Raymond, US Army: Died when IED detonated near vehicle, Iraq
Edward Reynolds Jr, US Army: Died from injuries when vehicle rolled over, Iraq
Windell Simmons, US Army: Died when IED detonated near vehicle, Iraq
Tristan Smith, US Army: Died when IED detonated near vehicle, Iraq
Clint Williams, US Army: Died when IED detonated near vehicle, Iraq

2004:
Erin Edwards, US Army: Homicide Victim
William Edwards, US Army: Homicide, Suicide
Tommy Gray, US Army: Caught between 2 motor pool vehicles, Iraq
Melissa Hobart, US Army: Undetermined Cause, Collapsed on guard duty
David Potter, US Army: Non combat related injuries, Iraq

2003:
Matthew Bush, US Army: Soldier tried to wake up but wasn’t breathing, Iraq
David Williams, US Army: Downed Apache Aircraft, POW, Rescued by USMC
Ronald Young, Jr., US Army: Downed Apache Aircraft, POW, Rescued by USMC

1998:
Gary Prokop, US Army: Homicide Victim

1988:
Christopher Fay, US Army: Robbery & Homicide Victim
Howard Harrison, Civilian: Attempted Robbery
Dwight Loving, US Army: Robbery & Homicide, Death Sentence Commuted
Bobby Sharbino, US Army Retired: Robbery & Homicide Victim

Related Links:
DOD Releases Final Fort Hood Review (2010)
Army Soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas Are Dying at Alarming Rates Stateside
August: Department of Defense Casualties Report (2007)
August: Department of Defense Casualties Report (2008)
August: Department of Defense Casualties Report (2009)
Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Iraq)
Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Afghanistan)
Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Other Areas)
U.S. Apache pilots taken prisoner
Marines rescue seven U.S. prisoners of war
Former POWs Tell Their Story | 60 Minutes

Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives by Tanya Biank (February 7, 2006)

Army Wives Lifetime

Army Wives, a Lifetime television series based on the non-fiction book written by Tanya Biank.

In Their Name:
Colette, Kimberley & Kristen MacDonald, Fort Bragg (Feb. 17, 1970)
Michael James & Jackie Burden, Fayetteville, NC (December 7, 1995)
Captain Frank ‘Marty’ Theer, U.S. Air Force (December 17, 2000)
Lt. Col. Rennie Cory, U.S. Army, Fort Bragg (April 7, 2001)
Pfc. Gary Shane Kalinofski, U.S. Army, Fort Drum (March 4, 2002)
Army Spouse Teresa Nieves, North Carolina (June 11, 2002)
Army Spouse Jennifer Wright, North Carolina (June 29, 2002)
Army Spouse Marilyn Styles-Griffin, North Carolina (July 9, 2002)
Army Spouse & Veteran Andrea Floyd, North Carolina (July 19, 2002)
Major David Shannon, U.S. Army, Fort Bragg (July 23, 2002)
Sgt. Erin Edwards, U.S. Army, Fort Hood (July 22, 2004)
Sgt. Ronna Valentine, U.S. Army, Fort Bragg (May 21, 2005)

Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives or Army Wives by Tanya Biank was an excellent read. I first heard about the book when I was researching the 2002 Fort Bragg murders of Teresa Nieves, Jennifer Wright, Marilyn Griffin, Andrea Floyd and Major David Shannon. I ordered it from Amazon and threw it in a pile with all my other military crime books until I saw a Forbidden: Dying for Love episode about the murder of Army spouse Jennifer Wright. The show didn’t mention it but I knew Jennifer’s murder was one of five homicides at Fort Bragg that occurred within a two month period in 2002. I learned more about Jennifer Wright from Investigation Discovery than what’s available on-line. And at the time, the national media was quick to speculate whether war & violence, frequent deployments or anti-malaria drugs were to blame. But after the Army investigated itself, it determined that the high operational tempo after September 11, 2001 placed a great strain on already troubled marriages.

In other words, some form of domestic abuse, financial issues, and adultery in some cases were to blame for stained marriages. I researched the five murders and the motives were similar in four of the cases. Arguments were a pre-cursor to the murders and three out of four of the spouses wanted to leave the relationship. Was rejection the trigger? Domestic violence experts agree leaving the relationship is the most dangerous time. In Major Shannon’s case, it appears that the motive was greed, pure and simple, as greed is one of the most common motives for female killers. Major Shannon’s wife Joan stood to gain a large amount of money from his Serviceman’s Group Life Insurance (SGLI) if he died. This time the Army was most likely correct but unfortunately things haven’t changed to this day. There have been many more victims of domestic violence in the military since 2002 and this book inspired me to honor each and every one of them.

The author Tanya Biank grew up in a military family and covered military issues at Fort Bragg as a reporter for the Fayetteville Observer. Tanya was able to give us a realistic perspective of what was going on at Fort Bragg during the time period right before and after September 11, 2001. Tanya was the one writing about the rash of homicides for the local newspaper during the summer of 2002. As a result of Tanya’s reporting, the main stream media picked up the story and it went national and international. Fort Bragg was forced to answer to a frenzied pack of media outlets and in typical fashion, the Army investigated itself and found themselves not responsible. Although Tanya reported in the book that Congress authorized $5 million for domestic violence programs in the military that year. And on December 2, 2002, President Bush signed into law an act that makes domestic violence protective orders enforceable on military installations.

Tanya was the perfect person to write about Fort Bragg. She had a great understanding of the various perspectives and this was revealed in the book. She talked about how September 11th changed things for both the service member and the families. I found myself feeling thankful for the education about Fort Bragg’s missions and how they fit into the big picture. They train hard for a reason. They are some of the first on the front lines and some of the families have no idea where they are going or how long they will be gone. Unexpectedly, I experienced a myriad of emotions as I read along. Emotions about 9/11, emotions about what was happening at my own squadron, and emotions around the notifications of death. My Commander and a Chaplain informed me of my father’s unexpected death. And my colleagues helped me get home safely. I realized this was standard protocol while reading this book.

I couldn’t put the book down once I started, despite the emotions and memories it triggered. Tanya Biank did a great job of enticing the reader to learn more about the individual and the family, and just when you least expected, the unexpected would happen. It reminded me of my own life and how hard it was to put mission before self year after year when all one was doing was stuffing down the pain. But like those in the book, we don’t seek counseling because it’s considered a career ender. We don’t trust the system so most of us just keep our troubles to ourselves. And for those who want to maintain a security clearance, we know they are going to ask the question about mental health treatment. I understand why the question has to be asked because it’s important to identify someone with suicidal tendencies or anger problems but it prevents the rest of us from asking for the help we need, until it’s too late.

Tanya talked about the unusually high crime rates in Fayetteville and she said its civilians who commit most of the crime. She admitted Fort Bragg was under the shadow of the the murders of Colette, Kimberley & Kristen MacDonald in 1970 because former Captain Jeffrey MacDonald, despite being found guilty, swears he’s innocent. As recently as December 2018, MacDonald was denied a new trial by a federal appeals court and he continues to be the subject of both media and true crime programming. Tanya also talked about the racially motivated murders of Michael James & Jackie Burden in 1995. Army privates James Burmeister and Malcolm Wright were found guilty of the crime. This too made national news and the Army was forced to weed out any perceived Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and skinheads. The media speculated the Army was full of them; turns out this random attack by Fort Bragg soldiers was an isolated incident.

After researching the five Fort Bragg murders in 2002 on-line, I realized that Tanya’s book was the most comprehensive discussion of the incidents. The book gave us an inside look at the people involved and the way it unfolded real-time. Tanya shared that the military likes to keep their problems under wrap because of the way the media speculates. I can see why they would be annoyed with how scandals are reported. Once the information is out there, it’s hard to fight off the perception. But the bottom line is the acts of a few don’t represent the whole. Unfortunately, I could write book after book about clusters of domestic violence related homicides in the military since 2002. This book made me realize how long the military has known about the problems and that throwing money at the problem doesn’t fix it. We need real solutions that save lives.

Editor’s Note: Tanya Biank’s book Under the Sabers inspired the creation of Army Wives on Lifetime television. After reading the book, I can understand why the series was created in 2007. I included links to the show below if you are interested in watching the series. It was cancelled after seven seasons. 

Related Links:
Tanya Biank (Official Website)
Under the Sabers | Tanya Biank | Macmillan
Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives
Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives
Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives Kindle Edition
Under the Sabers by Tanya Biank (Kirkus Review)
Season 1 | Army Wives | Lifetime Television | Amazon (2007)
Season 2 | Army Wives | Lifetime Television | Amazon (2008)
Season 3 | Army Wives | Lifetime Television | Amazon (2009)
Season 4 | Army Wives | Lifetime Television | Amazon (2010)
Season 5 | Army Wives | Lifetime Television | Amazon (2011)
Season 6 | Army Wives | Lifetime Television | Amazon (2012)
Season 7 | Army Wives | Lifetime Television | Amazon (2013)
‘Army Wives’ Deployed as Lifetime Series
Lifetime embraces ‘Wives’ amid show cuts
A Sneak Peek at “Army Wives”
Home front key to “Army Wives”
‘Army Wives’ Still Holding Down The Fort
Lifetime’s popular ‘Army Wives’ has a local ties
Lifetime Cancels ‘Army Wives’ | The Wrap
‘Army Wives’ cancelled by Lifetime | Entertainment Weekly
‘Army Wives’ canceled by Lifetime; retrospective special planned
Lifetime’s ‘Army Wives’ Cancelled After Seven Seasons, Will Wrap Run With Special
Fort Meade: Military spouse writes book about servicewomen
Army Wive: Where is the Cast Now?
Army Wives | ABC | Season 1-7

Fort Hood Army Sgt. William Edwards Killed Estranged Wife Sgt. Erin Edwards at Home in Killeen, Texas; Killed Self in Apartment Complex Parking Lot Across Street (July 22, 2004)

Erin Edwards

Sgt. Erin Edwards, US Army

Police found the body of Army Sgt. Erin Edwards, 24, on the front porch of her home in a military community near Fort Hood on July 22, 2004. Erin was shot in the head. A short time later in an apartment complex parking lot across the street, the body of Erin’s estranged husband, Sgt. William Edwards, 24, was found. He suffered what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a gun was recovered at the scene. The couple left behind a 4 year old son and 20 month old daughter who were not home at the time of the shootings. Media reports indicate that the couple had a violent domestic history and neighbors shared that the police were constantly at the residence because of domestic problems. Both Erin and William Edwards served with the 4th Infantry Division in Iraq before returning to Fort Hood in early 2004. The Killeen Police Department investigated the shooting deaths of these two Fort Hood, Texas soldiers as a murder-suicide.

Related Links:
Murder-suicide victims identified
Murder-suicide couple identified by Killeen police
Husband-wife soldiers killed in apparent murder-suicide
Soldiers’ deaths may have been murder-suicide
When Strains on Military Families Turn Deadly
When stress turns fatal
Death on the Home Front