A recent graduate of Fort Benning's Infantry One Station Unit Training was killed June 1 outside a recruiting station in Little Rock, Ark, post officials confirmed today.
Pvt. William Long was killed, and another soldier was injured in the attack.
The two men, both privates from Arkansas, were participating in a hometown recruiting program. Long, who graduated on May 22 from D Company, 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry, was home on leave and working at the recruiting center while en route to his first duty station in Korea.
“This is a senseless tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time,” said Lt. Col. Richard Timmons II, 2/58 Battalion commander, in a press release. “Private Long was a solid soldier. He did everything we asked of him during his basic training and he graduated as an Infantryman.”
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A memorial service is planned for Long on Friday at 9 a.m. at Soldier’s Chapel on Sand Hill.
The New York Times reported a 23-year-old man upset about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was arrested in connection with the shooting.
Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, of Little Rock, will be charged with one count of capital murder and 15 counts of terroristic acts, one for each person who was hit or endangered by the shots fired. Thirteen people were in the recruiting office at the time.