Fort Hood shooting survivor completes run to raise money for victims


by JADE MINGUS / KVUE News and Photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

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Posted on November 5, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 5 at 11:51 PM

AUSTIN -- A survivor of the Fort Hood shooting completed a symbolic mission Monday, the third anniversary of the massacre.

Christopher Royal finished an 80-mile run in Austin, heading down 15th Street to the State Capitol. His journey started near Fort Hood Thursday. 

Monday supporters and strangers cheered him on as he ended his run with an American flag in his hand.

Royal was shot twice in the back Nov. 5, 2009. He created a group called 32 Still Standing to provide support to dozens of other shooting victims.

"I want everyone to recognize what took place to us. It wasn't a one year situation. This is a life long thing we have to deal with," Royal said.

Royal was joined by his wife, who is also an active duty soldier, and his four-year-old son.

"He's healing, we're all healing, and it's been a long process, but I have the true faith that closure will come," said Royal's wife Stephanie.

Royal's goal is to run from the State Capitol to San Antonio next year.

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