Funeral Preparation Underway for Fallen Soldier

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ROLLA - The Rolla community prepared to say goodbye Friday to Staff Sgt. Timothy Owens, one of the soldiers killed in last week's shooting at Fort Hood.

On April 2, a gunman killed three soldiers and himself also injuring 16 other people on the military base in Texas.

Owens grew up in Rolla, graduating from Rolla High School in 1996.

He is survived by his wife Billy Humphrey Owens.

Friday afternoon thousands of flags will be distributed at the church. Larry Echardt organized the flags for the ceremony.

The funeral is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at the First Baptist Church in Rolla. Services are open to the public, and start at 11 a.m.