Retired Army veteran charged with killing two young girls near Fort Hood

Kendrick Donnell Gaines has been charged in the death of two young girls. (Bell County Jail/US Army)

An Army retiree from Texas is currently sitting in the Bell County Jail after he was accused of murdering two local girls in Killeen on Saturday.

Kendrick Donnell Gaines, who served two decades in the Army as a truck driver and human resources specialist, has been charged with capital murder of multiple persons and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The victims, 11-year-old Mikayla Martin and 6-year-old Alyssa Whitfield, were fatally shot, alongside Gaines’ spouse, Danielle Gaines.

Danielle Gaines, who is the daughter of Martin, was released from the hospital over the weekend.

The Killeen Daily Herald learned that Kendrick Gaines served from 2000 to 2020, leaving the service as a staff sergeant.

Gaines’ awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd award), Army Achievement Medal (9th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (5th award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 campaign stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2nd award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th award), NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and the Driver and Mechanic Badge w/driver-wheeled vehicle(s) clasp.

He is being held at the jail in lieu of a $2.5 million bond.

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