GUAYANILLA, Puerto Rico —
"They get an hour to come home," Banks said. "He was going to his car and I was like, 'Hey, how's your day going?' And he seemed perfectly fine. He was like, 'Day's going pretty good. I'll see you whenever I come back home.'"
After word came of a shooting at the base, Banks saw Lopez's wife frantically calling her husband over and over, trying to reach him via cellphone from the apartment courtyard.
"She was bawling because they have a 2-year-old and she was just holding the baby," Banks said. "My heart just went out to her. I was trying to get her information when I could, but she doesn't speak a lot of English. I told her, 'The last time you heard from him was like 3 o'clock. They could be shutting off the cellphone towers.' But of course that wasn't what happened."
Coto reported from Guayanilla; Weissert from Killeen, Texas; Mohr from Jackson, Miss. Associated Press writers Ramit Plushnick-Masti in Houston; Paul J. Weber at Fort Hood, Texas; Christopher Sherman in McAllen, Texas; Juan Carlos Llorca in El Paso, Texas; Eric Tucker and Alicia Caldwell in Washington; Lolita C. Baldor in Honolulu; Nedra Pickler in Chicago; Michael Kunzelman in New Orleans; Ben Fox in Miami; and AP researcher Jennifer Farrar contributed to this report.