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Family: 1 Fort Hood Victim Was Illinois Sergeant

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    Relatives say a U.S. Army sergeant from Illinois was one of the soldiers killed in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Family members identified the victim as U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Owens, a native of Effingham, Ill.

    Owens was one of four people -- including the gunman -- killed during the Wednesday attack at the U.S. Army base in central Texas. Another 16 were wounded.

    Glen Welton of Effingham is Owens' cousin. Welton says he learned of Owens' death Wednesday in a telephone call from Owens' wife, Billie Owens.

    Welton was not familiar with details of Sgt. Owens' death.

    Owens' mother, 77-year-old Mary Muntean of Effingham, said she had learned of her son's death in a phone call with her daughter-in-law, too.

    Muntean said she was reunited less than two weeks earlier with a daughter she gave up for adoption at birth  She was still celebrating that reunion when she learned of her son's death.

    None of the names of the victims or wounded have been officially released by the military.  However, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Maj. Patrick Miller, a resident of Austin who is a native of western New York, was among the survivors.