Fort Hood: Soldier Honors Survivors Of 2009 Shooting With 80-Mile Run

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email

KILLEEN (October 30, 2012) --- After surviving two gunshot wounds to his back in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Christopher Royal started a support group called 32 Still Standing for the other survivors.

On Thursday Royal embarked on an 80-mile run from Killeen to Austin.

He'll arrive Monday at the steps of the Texas Capitol, the anniversary of the shootings at Fort Hood.

During his journey Royal said he'd be thinking back to that tragic day three years ago.

"All chaos broke out, there was a lot of gunfire and a lot of people scrambling to get away or even to stop the gunman but he was equipped and we couldn't get to him but we're here now," Royal said.

Royal's Wife, Maj. Stephanie Royal, is also a soldier at Fort Hood and said her husband has become a pillar of support for other soldiers in the area struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"God's given him the opportunity to survive an incident such as this and he's like 'there's no way that I'm going to let this opportunity pass me by to do something here in Killeen where everything happened,' " Stephanie Royal said.

On Thursday Royal was set to stay the night in Florence and planned on picking up on the run early Friday morning.

Royal said he hopes to plan a run all the way to the White House in honor of the survivors by 2017.

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