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Local Soldier Fatally Stabbed

By Al Pefley  email

Port St. Lucie, FL (WFLX)

A local soldier killed, not on the battlefield,  but on home soil.

And the person who killed him? Police say it was a fellow soldier who had just come back from Iraq four months ago.

This makes the second time in less than a month that there's been a deadly attack at a U.S. Army base.

In this latest case, two soldiers were found stabbed to death at an apartment building near Fort Drum, New York. The victims are identified as Waide James, 20,  of Port St. John, Florida and  Diego Valbuena, 23, of Port St. Lucie.

Another soldier,  Joshua Hunter, 20,  has been arrested in Ohio for their murders.

Just last month, there was a massacre at Ft. Hood, Texas that killed 13 soldiers.  An Army psychiatrist is charged in those deaths. 

"The reaction is absolutely gut-wrenching sorrow, and here we go again," said Jack Luther of Jensen Beach. 

"I'm not surprised, I'm not surprised. It's gonna keep happening until we start treating the problem," said Ginny Luther, his wife.

Jack and Ginny Luther of Jensen Beach know the pain of such a tragedy.   Their son, Lt. Robert Fletcher,  was murdered at Ft. Hood a year ago by another soldier who then committed suicide. 

They say the Army needs better counseling for soldiers and their families before they deploy overseas and when they get home to help them cope.  

Ginny feels the counseling needs to include families and children of soldiers,  and the soldiers need to have the skills to be able to manage their emotional states. 

"I don't know soldiers that come back and are not affected some way by what they've been immersed in, which is you know, terrorizing situations," Ginny explained. 

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