37-year-old army sergeant Tim Owens was a native of Effingham, Illinois.
He was one of the three soldiers shot and killed at Fort Hood, Texas on April 2 when army specialist Ivan Lopez opened fire at the base, before killing himself.
The Rolla community along with dozens of solders came together to make sure Sergeant Owens' memory lives on.
Owens was a graduate of Rolla high school.
Owens’ funeral was held at the First Baptist church there at 11 am April 12.
A bus full of soldiers from Fort Hood came to Rolla to say their goodbyes to Sergeant Owens.
Patriot guard riders were in attendance as well as they helped escort the hearse to the cemetery.
"They hit home every time because every veteran is important no veteran is more important than the other whether they were killed in action whether they were killed in active duty as Sergeant Owens or a veteran from the greatest generation because we treat them all the same," said Patriot Guard Rider, Mark Williams.
The patriot guard riders traveled to the Rolla area from all over the Midwest to honor Sergeant Tim Owens and his family.
"It’s very important to support the Owens family and our community his sacrifice in serving our country was an amazing thing and we are very sorry for his loss," said Martha Long, Rolla Resident.
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