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Killeen aims to build pavilion memorial to Fort Hood soldiers

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At first glance, it may look like an art exhibit. There’s personal items delicately laid about – a few books, a Charger’s hat, a toy car.

They are a memorial to soldiers who died in November 2009 during the Foot Hood massacre.

"That's what Mike was," said Joleen Cahill, who lost her husband in the shooting.

This is all she has left.

"He was his books, his coffee cup and his medicine," she said.

She’s one of more than a dozen families struggling to cope with the loss while waiting through the many trial delays of accused shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan.

"It's been a roller coaster ride,” she said. “The first year was very, very bad, and things have been getting better since. We're very glad this court marshall is going to start soon."

While the community waits for the trial to start, some friends, family and supporters want to step up and remember those they lost.

They hope to do that by building a pavilion right next to the civic center. It will cost them about $400,000, but they said it's the perfect way to honor those who lost their lives, that november afternoon.

"Killeen hopefully will never see anything else like that happen here,” said Tim Hancock, a member of the Memorial Committee.

Like a coffee cup representing Mike Cahill, each memento represents a shooting victim. Until that pavilion's built, these items will remain in the Civic Center.

"We know what needs to be done, and every time I see these it just gives me more energy, as far as I'm concerned, to try and make this memorial a reality," Hancock said.

On Thursday, accused Fort Hood Shooter Major Nidal Hasan will be back in court for a pre trial hearing. Presiding Judge Col. Tara Osborn has planned the trial to start Aug. 6 at the earliest.

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