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Services held for Tampa soldier killed in Fort Hood shootings

Lazaney Rodriguez's visitation and funeral were held Monday morning at Blount & Curry Funeral Home in Tampa. Visitation was 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a funeral service starting at 11 a.m. He was to be buried in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

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Lazaney Rodriguez's visitation and funeral were held Monday morning at Blount & Curry Funeral Home in Tampa. Visitation was 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a funeral service starting at 11 a.m. He was to be buried in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

Funeral services for Army Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney Rodriguez, 38, of Tampa were held Monday morning at Blount & Curry Funeral Home in Tampa.

Rodriguez was one of three soldiers killed in the April 2 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.

After a visitation and funeral service Monday, Rodriguez was laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

According to military officials, Rodriguez, who has family members across the Tampa Bay area, was fatally shot by Spc. Ivan Antonio Lopez, whose rampage wounded 16 more of his fellow soldiers and ended when he turned the gun on himself.

To the men with whom Rodriguez served, he was a Puerto Rican G.I. Joe, a leader who collected Star Wars bobblehead figures and was fearless when it came to jumping out of airplanes but found flying in them nail-biting.

"He seemed, from a distance, like he was hard and tough on people, but he wasn't at all," said Devin Dawes, 23, recalling how the older man watched out for him when Dawes joined the Army in 2009. "He took care of me."

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