Governor Rick Scott pays respects to two Fort Hood victims with Florida ties

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Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014 10:24 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) Florida Governor Rick Scott is offering his condolences to the families of two of the victims in the Fort Hood shooting, both with strong ties to Florida

39-year-old Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson, and 38-year-old Army Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney Rodriguez were both killed in Wednesday's shooting rampage at the Texas military base. Ferguson was a Polk County native, and Lazaney Rodriguez reportedly has a father and three brothers living in Tampa.

“My deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones of Sergeant First Class Daniel M. Ferguson, of Mulberry, who lost his life while actively trying to protect others from harm during Wednesday’s shooting at Fort Hood," said Governor Rick Scott.  "More lives would have been lost if not for his heroic actions. He should be remembered and appreciated for his selfless sacrifice.”

Scott also released a statement honoring Sgt. Lazaney Rodriguez. “I express my sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of Staff Sergeant Carlos A. Lazaney Rodriguez who lost his life during the tragic shooting at Fort Hood on Wednesday," Scott said.  "He was a member of the military for two decades and his honorable service to our county is immensely appreciated and will not be forgotten.”

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson and Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney Rodriguez were both killed in Wednesday's shooting rampage, along with Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens of Illinois, when Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire on his fellow soldiers, before eventually turning the gun on himself.

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