Gunman Victims a Cross-Section of Central Texas With AM-Cafeteria Massacre, Bjt
The Associated Press
Oct. 18, 1991
Undated (AP) _ Among the 22 people killed in George Hennard's rampage through a Killeen, Texas, restaurant were school administrators, store employees and a military officer nearing retirement. Here are some of their stories:
Dr. Michael Griffith, 48, was a partner in the Hill Country Animal Hospital in nearby Copperas Cove.
A past president of the Rotary Club who also had served on the school board, he was active at Grace United Methodist Church and sponsored recreational baseball teams.
He frequently took time off from work to take his wife, Karee, and children, Jennifer and David, camping, canoeing and skiing.
''He really got out a lot with them,'' said Evelyn Nilsen, a worker at the animal hospital. ''He realized they were growing up and he wasn't going to have them forever.''
Army Lt. Col. Steven Charles Dody, 43, of Killeen had been an active duty military man for more than 20 years. He was a decorated Vietnam veteran and was a former commander of one of the airfields at Fort Hood.
Dody was scheduled to retire from active duty on Oct. 31, said Fort Hood spokesman Staff Sgt. Luis Grillasca.
Su-zann Neal Rashott, 36, of Killeen had worked in several positions at TU Electric for 15 years. She and her co-workers frequently went to the restaurant and usually sat at the same table.
She left a husband, Paul Rashott, and a daughter, Jayme, 14, a student at Copperas Cove High School.
Glen A. Spivey, 55, of Killeen, was maintenance supervisor for the Quail Creek Apartments.
A handyman, he moved to Killeen about four years ago. ''If something was broke, he'd fix it,'' said his brother-in-law, Bruce Crawford.
Spivey had gone to lunch with the Dee Leasure, the assistant manager at the apartment complex, who was injured in the attack.
''Several of them usually went out to eat every day. They just happened to pick that restaurant that day,'' Crawford said.
Venice Henehan, 70, of Metz, Mo., south of Kansas City, was passing through Killeen on her way to her granddaughter's wedding in Houston.
Her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Steven Ernst, were wounded.
The three, along with Mrs. Henehan's 75-year-old husband Bernard T. ''Bernie'' Henehan, were on their way to Houston for the wedding of the Ernsts' daughter, Amy, 27.
Thomas Earl Simmons, 33, of Copperas Cove, was manager of the automotive section at the Wal-Mart across the street from the Luby's Cafeteria.
As he often did, Simmons went to the cafeteria with his assistant manager, Lou Carabello, 42. Carabello was wounded in the attack.
A member of Hillside Evangelical Methodist Church, Simmons liked to hunt, fish and spend time with his wife, Ann, and daughters, Diane, 9, and Christy, 5.
''He was the rock of Gibraltar. We counted on him, and he was very solicitous to us,'' said his mother, Betty Simmons. ''He was a wonderful son and a wonderful father.''
Nancy H. Stansbury, was a 19-year school district employee and supervisor in the school district's Chapter 1 program, a federally funded project that provides elementary students with extra help in math and language arts
She had gone to the restaurant with other school district employees.
''She was a great person. There's no doubt about that,'' said Linda Busti, a longtime friend of the Stansbury family.
Ruth M. Pujol, in her late 40s, worked in the district's Chapter 1 program.
''She loved it - that was her life,'' said Mike Pinson, a close friend of the Pujol family. ''She just was a giving person.''
Mrs. Pujol, who was in her late 40s, had worked in schools for 20 years. She was at Luby's with her colleagues from the Killeen Independent School District.
Mrs. Pujol and her husband, a retired military officer, moved to Killeen two decades ago, Pinson said. They have two daughters and two sons.
Al Gratia, 71, and Ursula Kunath Gratia, 67, of Copperas Cove, had been married 48 years. They were killed as they ate lunch with Suzanna, their 32- year-old daughter, who escaped through a broken window in the rear of the cafeteria.
''They found them together,'' Miss Gratia said. ''My dad was conscious and awake when I left, and she crawled over to him. She stayed with him and comforted him. But the guy got over to her and shot her, too.''
Gratia, who completed high school and a few college courses, was an Air Force crew chief during World War II. He sold his construction company about 10 years ago after having worked a number of jobs.
Patricia Carney, 57, of Belton. She was director of elementary curriculum for the Killeen school district. Carney spent 27 of her 37 years as a professional with Killeen schools.
She is survived by her husband Sam Carney of Belton, who was also at lunch Wednesday at Luby's, a son and two daughters. They are Ricky Carney of Belton, Nikki Wilson of Belton and Renea Gilmore of Harker Heights.
Sylvia M. King, 30 of Killeen, was the owner of Sylvia's Lime Tree beauty salon.
Juanita Williams, 64, of Temple was president of the Heart of Texas Federal Credit Union, which has offices in Waco and Copperas Cove. She worked at the credit union for more than 30 years.
Zona Hunnicutt Lynn, 64, of Marlin, was a retired teacher who taught in the Marlin Independent School District.
Clodine Humphrey, 63, of Marlin was a nurse's aide at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Marlin.
-Debra Gray, 33, of Copperas Cove, was a TU Electric employee in Killeen.
Little or no information was immediately available on the following victims:
-Olgica Taylor, 45, of Killeen.
-Connie Den Miller, no age available, of Austin.
-Jimmie Caruthers, no age available, of Austin.
-Lula and James Welch.
-John Raymond Romero Jr.