An Army soldier has been formally charged with killing a retired Iraq war veteran from Long Island at Fort hood in Texas over the Labor Day weekend, military officials said.

Sgt. Brett M. Wessel was charged Thursday with murder and assault with the intent to commit murder in the Sunday shooting death of retired Sgt. Ryan Dickinson on West Fort Hood.

Both the suspect and the victim were 26-year-old married men. Dickinson was also a father of two.

Dickinson’s body was flown back to LI for his wake 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Moloney’s Funeral Home on Lakeland Avenue in Bohemia.

His funeral will be held 8:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Nepomucene Roman Catholic Church on Locust Avenue in Bohemia before he’s interred at Calverton National Cemetery.


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