Killeen: Fallen officer’s widow to run for city council

Published: Jan. 20, 2016 at 7:08 PM CST
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The widow of a fallen Killeen police officer says she is running for Killeen City Council.

In an announcement Wednesday online, Kimberly Hornsby said she’s filing for an at large seat on the council.

She says she wants to be elected to help repay the citizens of Killeen who helped her after the shooting death of her husband, Officers Bobby Hornsby, in July 2013.

“The reason I intend to run for this position is because when my husband, Bobby Hornsby, was killed in the line of duty I was given the opportunity to see a unique side of Killeen. During our tragedy, I remember thinking how can I ever repay every single person in this community for supporting and encouraging me on my journey to finding a new normal? I strongly feel like this is an opportunity to give back to a community that so generously gave and still gives to my family and me,” Hornsby posted online.

Bobby Hornsby, 32, died after a Fort Hood solider opened fire with an AK-47 on him and another officer, who was injured.

The gunman died in an exchange of gunfire with other officers.

Hornsby was a four-year veteran of the Killeen Police Department and a member of the department’s SWAT team.

Following his death, Kimberly Hornsby stayed in Killeen, rearing the couples young son and daughter.

“I carry a lot of pride in calling Killeen my home and the thought of serving you humbles me. I look forward to continuing to serve our community, and I ask that if you feel I am a good representation of a leader in our community that you would offer me your vote,” she said in the post.