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Friday, November 13, 2009

Army officer escapes violence of Juarez only to be murdered on his own base

One of the shooting victims of the Fort Hood massacre which now appears to be another instance of Muslim terrorism, was Maj. L. Eduardo Caraveo, 52. He grew up in the extremely violent city of Juarez, Mexico, and became a psychologist and by all accounts, a pillar of the community.

Maj. Caraveo spoke very little English when he arrived in the United States, but he quickly learned the language and worked his way through school at the University of Arizona, eventually earning his doctorate.

While still living in Arizona, Caraveo worked for Tucson Child Protective Services as a case worker for special needs children.

Caraveo moved to Woodbridge, VA and opened a private practice. Ten years ago, he also joined the National Guard, becoming a Medical Service Corps officer. He spent one year at Guantanamo Bay’s Camp X-Ray.

Maj. Caraveo was a member of the 467th Combat Stress Control Detachment and was about to be deployed to Afghanistan. In preparation for the deployment, he was sent to Fort Hood and arrived a mere 24 hours before Thursday’s deadly rampage.

His son, also named Eduardo, spoke to reporters about his late father, saying: “He was somebody to look up to, somebody to admire. He was a true self-made man, very driven, very hard-working.”

A memorial service for the 13 soldiers and civilians killed in the attack is set to be held on Tuesday at Fort Hood.

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