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Lebanese family shot dead on U.S. Army base

BEIRUT: Local media Thursday identified as Lebanese a father and his two daughters who were found shot dead in a suspected murder-suicide on a U.S. Army base earlier this week.

American media reported that a 43-year-old man and his children, 9 and 4, were found dead early Tuesday morning in their on-base home.

Lebanese media identified the man as Rihad Ezzedine from the southern town of Kafra, citing his age as 42, and his daughters as Layla and Zeinab, describing them as 9 and 5 respectively.

The man’s wife, also mother to the children, was a soldier in the U.S. Army who had recently returned from a deployment, according to a statement released by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command Wednesday. Lebanese reports identified her as a Peruvian nurse who had been working in Afghanistan.

Investigations were ongoing, the U.S. Army statement added, but “early indications are the deaths are possibly the result of a tragic murder-suicide.”

Fort Hood is one of the largest military bases in the U.S. and has been heavily involved in deploying troops to Iraq and Afghanistan. In the last four years, there have been nearly 60 suicides on the base, with 22 of those occurring in 2010.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 24, 2014, on page 4.

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