Fort Bragg soldier killed on base to be laid to rest in Texas
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RALEIGH -- The man who was shot by a fellow soldier on Fort Bragg last week will be laid to rest in Texas Thursday. Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale was shot last Thursday by Spc. Ricky Elder during a safety briefing while on post.
Tisdale took command of the 525 Brigade Special Troops Battalion in January and spent close to two decades serving his country. He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan but his family says with all his deployments, they never thought something would happen to him in the United States.
"You never expect especially one soldier against another, that type of violence," said Hope Mills resident Bob Alcott. "I don't know another way to feel about it other than just shock. I still kind of think a lot of people are in disbelief about it."
Elder also shot another solider before turning the gun on himself. The other solider survived the shooting. Elder later died.
All three soldiers were stationed in the 525 Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.
Meanwhile, support for Tisdale's friends and family continue to pour in.
"This unfortunately is when you find out who your real family is and we've got them coming from all over the world," said Charles Tisdale, the brother of the victim.
Thursday's funeral will be held at at 2 p.m. at a church in Texas. He will then be buried at the Aggie Field of Honor in College Station with full military honors.
Tisdale is survived by his wife and two children.
"The children bury their parents, but you don't bury the children," said his wife, Linda Tisdale.