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Ft. Hood Suspect Nidal Hasan Gets Flowers in Hospital; Sender Gets Visit from FBI

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LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. (CBS) A religious Christian in Florida tried to send Fort Hood massacre suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan a bouquet of flowers and a note that calls him a "hero," but the man got a knock on his door from the FBI instead, according to a Florida television station.

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Dan M. Ross told NBC 2 he was guided by his faith when he tried to send yellow roses to the accused shooter, who has been charged with 13 premeditated killings in the Nov. 5 attack on soldiers waiting to deploy from Fort Hood.

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Photo: Murdered victims of Fort Hood massacre.

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Twenty-nine others were wounded, including Hassan, who, doctors say, may be permanently paralyzed.

Ross ordered flowers and requested a card that read "In God's eye, and those who submit, you are a hero!" But instead of completing the $59.95 order, the owner of the Texas flower shop said he reported it to the Army base and the FBI.

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Photo: Soldiers and families pray at 1st Air Cavalry Division Memorial Chapel at Fort Hood, Texas on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009.

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Ross, a Vietnam vet, said he has kids in the military, but he wanted to reach out as a show of respect.

With a Bible close by, a declaration of his Christian beliefs and a website outlining his visits by an angel, Ross said in a television interview that he believes we should all love our enemies.

Ross said he's hopeful some kind of good can come out of the shooting at Fort Hood and hopes the incident will bring an end to the conflict between religions.

The local sheriff's office did confirm the FBI visit to Ross' home, but agents for the FBI will not comment on the visit or the investigation.

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  • Edecio Martinez

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