Cousin of Wisconsin woman killed at Ft. Hood reacts to verdict
KIEL - An Army psychiatrist who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers was sentenced to the death penalty Wednesday.
Nidal Hasan went on the rampage in Fort Hood, Texas in 2009. The sentence will automatically be appealed.
The sentencing brought closure for a Wisconsin family who lost their soldier-daughter in the attack.
Amy Krueger's family has waited nearly four long frustrating years to for this day.
The family finally gets some closure but it's hard," said Michelle Barrette. He cousin was Sergeant Amy Krueger.
A memorial now stands at Veterans Park in Kiel for the young woman who signed up to be a soldier after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"The most courageous, heart filled and beautiful person you could imagine," said Barrette.
Krueger was one of 13 soldiers killed by Nidal Hasan in the worst mass shooting at an American military base.
Krueger's mother was in the Texas military courtroom to tell Hasan about the daughter she misses every day.
"He wouldn't face anybody or look at anybody in court, " said Barrette. "He tried to hide his face from what I was told. He's a coward."
Krueger's life is not forgotten in her hometown. Michelle was wearing a Kruegsfest T-shirt, just one of many events in Amy's memory.
"There's stuff going on all the time in honor of her. She was a wonderful person. We want to give back to the community."
Some of the money raised in Amy's name has gone to the Wounded Warriors Project and for scholarships to Kiel High School students.