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Oklahoma high school graduate one of the soldiers killed at Fort Hood

By BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer Modified: November 6, 2009 at 5:08 pm •  Published: November 6, 2009

A Tipton soldier killed Thursday during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, was a quiet boy who thought the military would help him grow into a man, his family said Friday.

Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, 22, was one of 12 soldiers killed when a gunman opened fire at a soldier readiness center on the post. The gunman, identified by authorities as Maj. Nadil Malik Hasan, 39, was shot several times by a civilian police officer but survived the attack.

Hunt was a 2005 graduate of Tipton High School. Tipton is near Altus in southwest Oklahoma.

Known as J.D., Hunt was voted "most quiet" in his senior class. His grandmother, Kay Smith of Frederick, said J.D. even dressed so that he would blend in at school.

"He never gave his mother one minute of heartache in his whole school life," Smith said. "He was a good student. He was so embarrassed if someone thought he did something wrong."

Hunt was married two months ago, Smith said. His wife, Jenna, was finishing a class in Oklahoma City and planned to move to Fort Hood, where Hunt recently bought a home.

Leila Willingham, Hunt's sister, said one of the family's fondest memories was when Hunt's mother, Gale Hunt, had to drive to the high school and give her permission for him to sit out of a cat dissection for a science class because he didn't feel right about it.

Kathy Gray, an administrative assistant at Tipton Schools, said Hunt started attending school in Tipton in elementary school.

"He was a real quiet kid, just kind of a quiet boy and a good kid, very kind," Gray said.

Superintendent Shane Boothe said school officials are planning to have a moment of silence tonight at the Tipton football game against Thackerville and will plan other memorials.

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