The Fort Hood shooting that killed 14, including an unborn child, took place four years ago today. Texas Sen. John Cornyn took the occasion to repeat his call to pass the Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act, which would award the Purple Heart to the victims and clear the way for benefits to be paid to the families.

In a brief statement, Cornyn wrote:

As we observe the somber anniversary of the terrorist attack on Fort Hood four years ago, I would call on my colleagues in the Senate and the House to support the legislation Congressmen Carter and Williams and I have introduced to award the Purple Heart and related benefits to the victims of the attack and their family members. They have had to wait too long for the benefits they so rightly deserve. While we can never undo the atrocities of that fateful day, this is an important way we can show our support for the victims and their families.

Shooter Nidal Hasan was convicted on all charges in August and sentenced to death.

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The Killeen Daily Herald today reports that Building 42003, the site of the shooting, will be demolished.

A permanent memorial is planned as well but as of today remains “sketches on a piece of paper,” according to the newspaper.

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