Relative of Fort Hood victim: He's 'in a lot of pain'

We are starting to receive reports from victims' conditions, from family members. Here's the latest, from reporter Ed O'Keefe:

Jamie Casteel, mother-in-law of victim Matthew Cooke, 30, said, "All we know is that he's awake, and alert and in a lot of pain." Matthew's wife, Sarah, saw him last evening, Casteel said.

"All I know is that they're still screening who goes into the hospital, and [Sarah is] it so far," for visitors to see Cooke, Casteel said.

Cooke returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq in April, and was transferred to Fort Hood in August. The Cookes live off-base. Cooke was at the Readiness Station on Thursday for a blood test, Casteel said. His unit will deploy again to Iraq in January, but Cooke is not expected to head there until March or April, she said.

Casteel drove to the hospital last evening from her home in Oklahoma.

November 6, 2009; 9:44 AM ET  | Category:  nation
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Matthew is in our thoughts and in our prayers. How very sad that he returned from war torn Iraq to a place considered safe, only to have this nutcase turn his life upside down. We wish him a speedy recovery and thank him for his service.

Posted by: inmanorj | November 6, 2009 10:36 AM

God Bless the American servicemen and woman who lost their lives in this senseless attack. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: smckaho420 | November 6, 2009 1:32 PM

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