Funeral held for Florida soldier killed at Fort Hood

By News4Jax.com Staff, webteam@wjxt.com
Published On: Apr 12 2014 09:50:00 PM EDT
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson funder

AP photo by Daniel Wallace

People show respect as hearse carrying the body of Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson passes.

LAKELAND, Fla. -

A soldier killed in shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, earlier this month was remembered Saturday at private services in central Florida.

The Lakeland Ledger reported that an honor guard joined the family of Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson to greet the soldier's casket Friday at Tampa International Airport.

A private funeral was held Saturday morning in Lakeland, where Ferguson's parents live. Ferguson will be buried at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Gov. Rick Scott ordered the U.S. and state flags to be flown at half-staff Saturday at the Polk County Courthouse and Mulberry City Hall and all flags at government buildings across Florida on Monday.

Ferguson was one of three people killed in the April 2 shooting spree. He died while barricading a door, keeping the gunman from pushing into a room where others could have been killed.

A second victim of the Foot Hood shootings was Staff Sgt. Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez, whose body was also returned to Florida on Friday.  He will be buried at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell on Monday.

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