Local Fort Hood Victim Laid to Rest

Hundreds gather to remember a man who inspired almost everyone around him.

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Hundreds of people gathered at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego to remember Army Reserve Capt. John Gaffaney as someone who inspired almost everyone around him -- his family, the elderly who he helped protect from abuse, and those who served with him in the military.
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Gaffaney, 56, was among the 13 people killed during the shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas.
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A flag-draped coffin containing Gaffaney's body was flown from Fort Hood to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Friday.
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It was met by a military honor guard and his family.
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Gaffaney, who was born in Williston, N.D., was a psychiatric nurse in his civilian job.
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He most recently worked as a supervisor for the San Diego County Adult Protective Services Department, where he helped elderly victims of abuse and neglect.
Gaffaney, who lived in Serra Mesa, had worked for the county for about two decades.
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He enlisted in the Navy in 1973 and served for five years.
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In 1984, he joined the California National Guard and retired as a major in 1999. Three years ago he joined the Army Reserve.
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Gaffaney had just traveled to Fort Hood to prepare for a yearlong deployment to Iraq when on Nov. 5, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan -- who was also a military psychiatrist -- allegedly opened fire in a packed health services building.
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Gaffaney, 11 other soldiers and one civilian were killed in the massacre
Thirty others were wounded, and Hasan was wounded by a base police officer.
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Hasan, 39, has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder. He is being treated at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, where his lawyer says he is paralyzed from the waist down.
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