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Man, two children found dead on Fort Hood

SAN ANTONIO — Fort Hood officials said Tuesday that they were investigating the deaths of a man and two children at their home on the post.

Agents with the Army's Criminal Investigation Command offered few details and would not identify the victims. The agents described the dead as “military family” members.

“We do not believe there is any further threat to the community at this time,” said Chris Grey, a command spokesman.

Neither investigators nor officials at Fort Hood would elaborate, with the post saying the command would not release “any further information at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.”

Pentagon officials also would not comment. The dead were described as military dependents, but the Army did not give their ages or say how they died.

The bodies were found at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday in their residence on the post, one of the largest military installations in the country and a key player in deploying GIs to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stress linked to those deployments has been targeted by both Fort Hood and the Army over the years as the Pentagon saw a sharp rise in the number of suicides.

As the pace of deployments picked up after the Iraq invasion, ever-larger numbers of Fort Hood soldiers killed themselves. The trend was observed at other large installations from coast to coast.

Over the past decade, 145 Fort Hood soldiers have died by their own hand, more than any other post. The Army in 2012 set a record for suicides with 325, but last year's numbers are likely to fall, prompting some to say efforts to counter the problem are working.

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