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Fort Hood Suicides Hit Record Numbers

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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- Fort Hood officials are investigating a rash of suicides in recent days, including what evidently was a murder-suicide involving a soldier and his wife.

The incidents came as the central Texas Army post reported a record number of soldier suicides.

According to figures released Tuesday, 14 suicides and six more suspected suicides have been reported so far this year involving soldiers stationed at Fort Hood.

Fort Hood reported 11 suicides in all of 2009.

On Sunday, Sgt. Michael Timothy Franklin, 31, and his wife, Jessie Ann Franklin, were found dead of gunshot wounds in their Fort Hood home.

Army officials are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

Two soldiers died Saturday in unrelated incidents that were both evidently suicides.

One of the soldiers was a veteran of four tours in Iraq.

A fourth soldier was found dead Friday.

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