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Fort Hood: Stories of Loss

Survivors and family members of the fallen describe the effect the Fort Hood massacre had on them during Major Nidal Hasan's sentencing hearing.
(NBC News)  Attorneys for Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan have made a final push to defend him before a jury decides his sentence.

In an unprecedented move, Hasan called his attorneys "overzealous" and refused their help to introduce last minute evidence that could save his life.

During his sentencing hearing witnesses told heart breaking stories of loss, memories of frantic hours searching for news of loved ones, then finding themselves unable to open front doors when military representatives arrived with official word.

When it came time for Hasan to speak, he said only "the defense rests."

The decision if he lives or dies now falls to the jury.

If Hasan receives the death penalty, he will join five other members of the U.S. military on death row.

An active member of the military has not been executed in more than 50 years.
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