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This undated family photo provided by Glen Welton shows U.S. Army Sgt. Tim Owens, left, of Effingham, Ill., with his cousin Glen Welton. Owens was one of three people killed by a shooter at Fort Hood, Texas on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The shooter, identified as Ivan Lopez, also wounded 16 others before shooting himself, according to authorities. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Owens family)
Fort Hood victim’s mom, 77, had just met daughter

First Published Apr 03 2014 05:55 pm • Last Updated Apr 03 2014 07:37 pm

Champaign, Ill. • The mother of a 37-year-old Illinois soldier killed during an attack at Fort Hood, Texas, says she was reunited less than two weeks earlier with a daughter she gave up for adoption at birth.

Mary Muntean of Effingham, Ill., told The Associated Press that she was still celebrating that reunion when she got a call telling her that her son, U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Owens, was killed Wednesday in the attack at Fort Hood. He was one of four soldiers — including the gunman — killed. Another 16 were wounded.

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Muntean told the AP she has heart problems and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Her 54-year-old daughter sought her out, and the two met on March 23, she said.

"She finds one child and loses another," said Betty Goodwin, Muntean’s niece and Owens’ cousin.

Sitting on her recliner on Wednesday, Muntean saw news on television of the attack at Fort Hood.

Unable to reach her son, she called his new wife, Billie Owens, who first said he was in the hospital. Before long, Owens’ wife called back, and Muntean had her worst fears confirmed.

"She said, ‘Mom, I want to tell you how sorry I am. Tim’s gone,’" Muntean said. "I broke down. I’m 77 years old and I can’t hardly take this."

Owens’ cousin, Glen Welton of Effingham, said Owens grew up with military dreams.

"He was one of those kids who wanted to wear camouflage and wanted to wear bomber jackets and sunglasses," said Welton, himself a National Guard veteran of Iraq. "It took him a few years before he got himself in."

Owens dropped out of high school in 1995, according to his mother and school records. But she said he earned his GED diploma after joining the Army in 2004.


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Welton said he ran into Owens last year at a funeral and the two figured out they’d served in Iraq at the same time. Welton was there from 2005-06.

A photo from that day shows Welton with his arm around Owens, who wore his Army dress uniform, including a beret, and a pair of dark sunglasses.

"He had grown into a man. The military had made him a complete man," Goodwin said. "I sure know he cleaned up pretty with his uniform."

A trauma center outside the base said the conditions had improved for three people who sustained critical injuries in the attack. Dr. Matthew Davis, trauma director at Scott & White Memorial Hospital, expressed optimism nobody else would die from their injuries. Several patients were released from the hospital Thursday.

One of the wounded was identified as Maj. Patrick Miller, a 32-year-old Iraq War veteran from western New York, the state’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. Miller, who lives with his wife outside Austin, Texas, is a native of Allegany in Cattaraugus County. Information on his condition hasn’t been released.

Efforts to contact Miller’s family members by phone and email on Thursday weren’t initially successful. His parents, Carole and Dr. John Miller, were en route to Texas Thursday, according to local media reports.



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