TAMPA - The bodies of two of the three soldier killed at Fort Hood last week returned to Tampa Friday afternoon.
Family members and colleagues of Army Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez and Army Sgt. 1st Class Danny Ferguson held back tears as both bodies were taken from planes at Tampa International Airport.
Lazaney-Rodriguez, a native of Puerto Rico, served more than 20 years in the Army before his death.
Around 4pm, his body was brought to a funeral home on MacDill where it will remain until he is buried Monday.
Family members said they are focusing on the accomplishments of Lazaney-Rodriguez while trying to forget the events at Fort Hood.
"We lost a great soldier, we lost a brother, we lost a son," His brother Eduardo said.
Patriotism runs deep in the Lazaney-Rodriguez family. Eduardo, his brother Carlos and their father all served.
Even though the senseless attack April 2nd continues to resonate in their hearts and minds, family members are working toward closure through forgiveness and appreciation.
"We don't hate anybody at this point," Lazaney-Rodriguez said. "We want to mourn, but at the same time we want to celebrate our brother, our family members, and Carlos' life."
Three hours after that procession, family members of Ferguson greeted his casket at the airport.
Dozens of service men and women flanked the Southwest jet as his body was loaded into a hearse.
A similar procession escorted Ferguson and his family to Lakeland where he will be buried at Florida National Cemetery Saturday.
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