SALADO, Texas — Artist Troy Kelley is sculpting bronze memorials for each of the 13 victims of the mass shooting at Fort Hood.
Kelley started the project in 2010 and has devoted hundreds of hours to finishing the hand-crafted memorial.
"I tried to personalize each one of them," he said.
Kelley worked with the victims' families to showcase their passions. For civilian Michael Cahill, he included a coffee cup; for Spc. Jason Hunt, his devoted dog Rex; and for Major Libardo Caraveo, a Bible was part of the sculpture.
"This has been — truly has been — a labor of love," Kelley said.
His final sculpture is for Staff Sgt. Amy Krueger.
"Our hearts just go out to that family and to everyone involved in this really horrendous event," Kelley said.
The 12 sculptures are on display temporarily inside the Killeen Convention Center. Once enough money is raised, a permanent memorial will be built outside.
Organizers have raised $140,000 so far but more than $200,000 is still needed. A website has been established to accept donations.
"I hope as soon as the trial is over, people will see this memorial and know it's such a worthy cause," Kelley said.