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Friends remember Raleigh soldier killed in Fort Hood crash

Posted June 22, 2016

— Friends of a soldier who died during a training accident earlier this month gathered Wednesday night at Shelley Lake Park in his memory.

Army Private First Class Zachary Fuller was one of nine soldiers who died at Fort Hood on June 2 when their tactical vehicle overturned during severe flooding.

“I was speechless. I felt like I had just lost a brother, somebody close to me. There’s no words,” said former classmate Darius McKnight.

Fuller, 23, was a 2011 graduate of Sanderson High School in Raleigh and was known as a standout on the track team. Tuesday evening, a few of his classmates gathered to light candles and share memories of their friend.

“You don’t dwell on how it happened because you never can explain why these things happen,” said friend Tiffany McKnight. “You focus on the good times you had, you keep their memory alive and you keep going because that’s what he would have wanted.”

Fuller’s body was returned to Tampa, Fla., where most of his family now lives, to be laid to rest.

Fuller was one of two North Carolina natives killed in the crash at Fort Hood. Eddy Rae’Laurin Gates, 20, of Erwin was laid to rest June 12.


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