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Killeen mayor: 'We will come out stronger'

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Security is visibly heightened at gates around the base (Source: KLTV) Security is visibly heightened at gates around the base (Source: KLTV)
KILLEEN, TX (KLTV) - In a town like Killeen, people are bonded to their Army post. One thing that is evident above all else is despite two attacks on the post in the last five years, people still feel safe here, more than anywhere else.

"This is a different community and to live in it, it's a great community," said Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin. "There's so many people that are concerned for their soldiers."

On a day like Thursday, the day after the shooting, residents are experiencing tragedy for the second times.

Security is visibly heightened at gates around the base. As the community places markers to remember the fallen, Corbin said the incident shows a much larger problem that Fort Hood security.

"You look at school shootings, you look at other shootings in the workplace, I think it's a bigger problem than guns," the mayor said. "When people come back from war, many people experience difficulties adjusting back to a different environment, getting back to their families. We want those people to seek help."

It's something Angel Roche knows first-hand. He served overseas and now works in a civilian role at the post.

"I know the military has their hands full, especially having the amount of people it's going to be something not too easy to handle," said Roche.

Corbin said the community, along with the post, will rise again from this act of violence.

"Our community will survive," said Corbin. "We will come out stronger."

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