IHOP Shooting Takes Life of Commander, Family Man

Spanish Springs 2011 — Major Heath Kelly, 35, survived the battlegrounds of Iraq – but was one of four killed in the Carson City IHOP by a man on rampage who then took his own life in the parking lot. The highly decorated Nevada Army Guard soldier was married and had two young children.

Between 2004 and 2005, he was in Iraq on active duty with the U.S. Army. While there he served as a border enforcement officer, battalion fire support officer and a 1st Cavalry Division lieutenant.

He then joined the Nevada Guard, becoming Commander of the Joint Force Headquarters in Carson City in August 2010. Heath earned numerous decorations including the Global War on Terrorism Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Kuwait Defense Service Medal and Iraq Campaign medal.

The Louisiana native leaves behind his wife, Tracie, four-year-old daughter Cassidy and a nine week old son, Triston.  Heath’s family said those who want to honor him can help by supporting the troops through the non-profit, “Soldiers’ Angels.”

Heath’s grandmother Janet Scaruffi adds, “For this kind of pain — there’s no medicine.”

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