MILITARY

2 Arkansas soldiers receive Purple Hearts after 2009 attack on Little Rock recruiting center

Purple Heart medals have been awarded to the family of an Arkansas soldier who was killed and to another soldier who was wounded in a shooting outside of a Little Rock Army-Navy recruiting center in 2009.

The awards presented during a ceremony Monday at the Arkansas State Capitol followed a six-year fight to honor the men.

Pvt. William Long of Conway was killed and Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula (EEZ'-uh-gway-luh) of Jacksonville was wounded when Abdulhakim Muhammad opened fire on them as they entered the recruiting station. Muhammad received a life sentence.

The Purple Hearts follow a change in federal law allowing the honor for military members killed or wounded in an attack on American soil that was carried out by a foreign terrorist organization or targeted them for their military service.