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Local Army reservist killed at Ft. Hood laid to rest

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) -- Family and friends said goodbye Saturday as an Army Reservist from San Diego who was one of the 13 people killed in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas was laid to rest.

Capt. John Paul Gaffaney, 56, of Serra Mesa, was called a great patriot and given a 21-gun salute at a memorial service attended by several hundred people at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma. He was buried with full military honors.

Gaffaney, who was born in Williston, N.D., was a psychiatric nurse in his civilian job. He most recently worked as a supervisor for the San Diego County Adult Protective Services Department, where he helped elderly victims of abuse and neglect. Gaffaney had worked for the county for about two decades.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1973 and served for five years. In 1984, he joined the California National Guard and retired as a major in 1999. Three years ago he joined the Army Reserve.

Gaffaney had just traveled to Fort Hood to prepare for a yearlong deployment to Iraq when on Nov. 5, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan – who was also a military psychiatrist -- allegedly opened fire in a packed health services building.

Gaffaney, 11 other soldiers and one civilian were killed in the massacre. Thirty others were wounded, and Hasan was wounded by a base police officer.

Hasan, 39, has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder. He is being treated at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, where his lawyer says he is paralyzed from the waist down.

Hasan was born in the United States, but is a Muslim of Palestinian descent who was reportedly upset about being deployed to Afghanistan.

Investigators are looking into whether he had terrorist ties or a mental breakdown.

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