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Area connections to Fort Hood shooting

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Shortly after Wednesday's shooting at Fort Hood, 13 News learned of some Rockford area connections to the tragedy.

Polly Kelsy and her family are from Milledgeville, Illinois, just west of Polo. Recently, they've been on a trip to Texas to visit her son, serving in the military and stationed at Fort Hood.

Luckily, he wasn't working on base and they had just left a tour of Fort Hood 45 minutes prior to the shooting.

Her son was on base in 2009 when Nidal Hasan opened fire, killing 13, including some friends of Kelsy's son. This situation, for her, brings to life not only the fear of war but the fear of domestic attacks.

It hurts so bad because I know, he'll never say anything but I know he's hurting too because some of his friends got killed and we don't know who was involved in this yet so we're kind of on edge here," she said.

In Sycamore, Matthew May was waiting to hear from a friend, who will not be named, on base at Fort Hood.

The first message from May's friend read, "I'm alive and well." May says it's the best message he's ever received.

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