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Illinois native killed at Fort Hood was decorated Army veteran of Iraq

This undated family phoshows U.S. Army Sgt. Tim Owens who grew up Effingham Ill.  Owens was one three people

This undated family photo shows U.S. Army Sgt. Tim Owens, who grew up in Effingham, Ill. Owens was one of three people killed by a shooter at Fort Hood, Texas on Wednesday. | Associated Press Photo/Courtesy of the Owens family

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Updated: May 8, 2014 9:46AM

The Illinois native killed this week during an attack at Ford Hood, Texas, had served tours-of-duty in Kuwait and Iraq, and had earned multiple military awards, the U.S. Army disclosed Friday.

U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Owens, 37, a native of downstate Effingham, was one of four people — including the gunman — killed in the Wednesday attack at the base in Texas.

Owens was a motor transport operator, and had enlisted in June 2004. He was deployed to Iraq from January to December 2005 and to Kuwait from January to December 2010. He was also a decorated soldier, receiving four Army Achievement Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, and several others, including a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Tina Sfondeles

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