Image Copyright: Courtesy of the Owens family / AP
By David Mercer
Copyright: The Associated Press
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. — The mother of a 37-year-old Illinois soldier killed during an attack at Fort Hood, Texas, says she was reunited less than two weeks earlier with a daughter she gave up for adoption at birth.
Mary Muntean of Effingham, Ill., told The Associated Press that she was still celebrating that reunion when she got a call telling her that her son, Army Sgt. Timothy Owens, was killed Wednesday in the attack at Fort Hood. He was one of four soldiers — including the gunman — killed. Another 16 were wounded.
Muntean told the AP she has heart problems and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Her 54-year-old daughter sought her out, and the two met on March 23, she said.