Ft. Hood Victim’s Mother Had Reunited With Daughter Given Up for Adoption Just Days Before Her Son’s Death

The mother of Fort Hood victim Sgt. Timothy Owens was reunited with a daughter she gave up for adoption just days before her son’s death.
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Shock: Mary Muntean, right, of Effingham, Illinois, said she was still celebrating being reunited with her daughter when she got a call telling her that her son, U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Owens, left, was killed. (NJ NewsDay)

NJ NewsDay reported:

The mother of a 37-year-old Illinois soldier killed during an attack at Fort Hood, Texas, says she was reunited less than two weeks earlier with a daughter she gave up for adoption at birth.

Mary Muntean of Effingham, Illinois, told The Associated Press that she was still celebrating that reunion when she got a call telling her that her son, U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Owens, was killed Wednesday in the attack at Fort Hood.

He was one of four soldiers – including the gunman – killed. An additional 16 were wounded.

‘She finds one child and loses another,’ said Betty Goodwin, Muntean’s niece and Owens’ cousin.

Muntean told the AP she has heart problems and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Her 54-year-old daughter sought her out, and the two met on March 23, she said.

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Crosses honoring victims of the Fort Hood shooting, including Illinois native Army Sgt. Timothy Owens (inset). (Reuters, family photo)

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