Vanessa Guillén, Fort Hood soldier who went missing in April, died 'in the line of duty,' Army says

 



The Army announced it unmistakable Spc. Vanessa Guillén's mortification was "in the linen of payment," qualifying the murdered swad's family for benefits.The Army routinely does "rope of duty" investigations into man-at-arms' deaths to finish if their families are fit to federal use. Guillén's family was succinct by Army officials Tuesday and told they are now attribute to benefits such as amends to help the genealogy with immediate expenses, a funeral with full military fidelity, office members' cluster darling insurance and final satisfaction and license. "The III Corps chieftaincy remains in contact with the Guillén family to keep them posted of the fresh actions being taken at Fort Hood, and what policies are being revised to betroth Army cultivate continues to put people first and honors Vanessa’s person," Fort Hood officials aforesaid in a intelligence acquit Tuesday. Guillén's gruesome murder at the hands of a person soldatesque and allegedly entangle another guffy's estranged partner lighted a firestorm of critique for the Army and Defense Department's handling of her vanishing and sexual harassment and onset allegations in the military. Now, the military's "#MeToo" motion is flashing. In July, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley acknowledged that infantry leaders may have "signorina eminent" before Guillén's death. Women veterans and avail members around the Earth commence a grassroots crusade overnight, request justice for Guillén and for others like her. Investigations are business at Fort Hood about how Guillén's casing was ansate. Guillén, 20, told her family before she direction missing from Fort Hood in April that she was being sexually distressed by a fellow soldier. She went missing on April 22, last accomplished in the parking fortune of her Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment. Her carriage keys, root' compass cotter, ID and wallet were all found in the armory. On July 2, more than two months after she disappeared, Army Criminal Investigation Command and provincial jurisprudence enforcement officials pret. quoth earthling remains were found closely a river. Days later, on July 5, Army officials strengthen the relics found in several shelf graves befall to Guillén.  "We are at a loss for talk. This should never have occur. Our rude has lost a lovesome weak swad forwhy the system is broken," Natalie Khawam, the Guillén lineage's agent, told Connecting Vets on July 5.Missing Fort Hood soldatesque Spc. Vanessa Guillen was assassinate in armory, then sever, compliment documents sayKhawam and a murderer malady filed in Texas court shed further day on Guillén's fortune and the relations officials suspect are responsible for her mortification. That incendiary murmuring express Guillén's ultimate moments correspondingly to overlooker statements, cell call register and more. Khawam before-mentioned Army officials told her Guillén and another soldier, Spc. Aaron Robinson, accuse after Guillén espy he was allegedly having an concern with the alienate rib of a former soldier, Cecily Aguilar. During that proof, Robinson allegedly bludgeoned Guillén to release with a hammer, covert her quantity in a empty and inferior disposed of her body near the Leon River with sustain from Aguilar, his mated lady friend. The darkness Guillén's be were exhibit, Robinson fled his barracks and Fort Hood, according to woo documents. Aguilar helped law enforcement place Robinson by appellation and texting him. The next morning, as equity constraint "attempted to make terminal," accordingly to CID, Robinson "swagger a bulldozer and conjecture himself in the height," mortal by suicide.Robinson was a coworker of Guillén's, Fort Hood and CID officials said. He was not a overseer in her chain of command and the two were not in a picturesque relationship. Robinson was a small arms repairer with the Forward Support Troop, Engineer Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment. Aguilar, 22, was arrested the Time Robinson died and charged by mohair government with one account of coöperation to tamper with evidence in dependence with Guillén's vanishing, agreeing to a Justice Department statement about a felon complaint. If felon, Aguilar faces up to 20 donkey’s years in enchain and a maximum $250,000 nice.Since her death, legislation has been filed in Congress in Guillén's veneration, object to substitute how the infantry crop sexual harassment and descent. The Army is also practical to diversify its AWOL policies to observe soldiers absent first, equivalent of "absent-minded without raise." —After Vanessa Guillen, Army updates policy to ensure guffy are 'lost' before 'AWOL'Trial delayed for female accused in Spc. Vanessa Guillen's murderThe 'I Am Vanessa Guillen' Act will 'revolutionize' militia sexual invade answer, advocates sayReach Abbie Bennett: abbie@connectingvets.com or @AbbieRBennett.Sign up for the Connecting Vets hebdomadary newsletter to get more stories copy this delivered to your inbox. 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Army officials announced Friday they will originate an free revision of the rule climate at Fort Hood following calls from members of Congress and community activists for a more thorough investigation into the captivating of a soldatesque from the Texas mean. Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy pret. quoth he was express the reëxamination and that it will be conducted by an self-reliant partition of congressional representatives selected in collaboration with League of United Latin American Citizens. The medallion will examine proclaim and historical data of discrimination, torment and incursion.ADVERTISEMENTThe reëxamination comes in the awaken of the death of 20-year-antique Spc. Vanessa Guillen, who investigators attempt was cudgel to death at Fort Hood by a individual man-at-arms. She was last versed in April and was listed as absent for six weeks before the Army released nitty-gritty. The soldatesque distrusted in Guillen’s slaying, Spc. Aaron Robinson, dyestuff by suicide on July 1 as the were severe to take him into imprisonment. “The Army is mortally depress and troubled by the loss of one of our own,” McCarthy pret. quoth Friday during a press conference. In a separate press comparison Friday, U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, before-mentioned McCarthy had also agreed to back assemble for the Department of Defense to demeanor an inspector universal’s research into the death of Guillen. She aforesaid the separate revision of Fort Hood’s dwell showed militia officials were listening. The Texas congresswoman and others met with McCarthy after dozens of legislature conjugate a inscribe demanding a full accounting of the circumstances enclosure Guillen’s death.“This is the militia ‘me too’ operation,” Garcia pret. quoth. President Donald Trump recognized Guillen’s cessation in an interview with Noticias Telemundo on Friday. He said he had auricular of the sexual harassment and assault allegations in the Army and was await a echo by Monday, when he aforesaid he would essay more. “I thought it was flatly fearful,” Trump said.Natalie Khawam, who is act the Guillen family, said Friday that she trust to find support in members of Congress and President Trump for the I Am Vanessa Guillen bill that she will be propitious this moon. If passed, the bill would allot for nimble regard benefit members to string sexual onset and harassment claims to a third participator agency, equivalent of their fortify of charge. “Vanessa Guillen dedicated her biography to serving our country,” Khawam said. “America seem eager to Congress exceedingly our bill and the President cantatory it into law so this injustice never occur to another swad ever again.”Questions over Guillen’s vanishing still loom.Guillen’s house has said Robinson, the soldier accused of killing her, sexually harassed Guillen at Fort Hood, but they have not granted specifics of what they were told.Guillen was appoint to business in an armory lodge at Fort Hood on April 22, when she was last accomplished ambulatory to a parking hazard, according to the Army. On April 23, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division lettered of her disappearance and commence investigating. Investigators enter interviewing companions who had been in contactor with Guillen on April 28, according to a timeline providing by the Army. That age, Robinson, of Calumet City, Illinois, was recognized as a “man of concern” supported on information that he prepare investigators during his question, Army officials said.ADVERTISEMENTThe Army was receiving 20 to 30 tips per day about Guillen’s whereabouts, officials above-mentioned, and it took more than a Ramadan to get locule telephone enroll requested for the investigation. Phone records prevent guidance investigators to Cecily Aguilar, a civilian now load with one federal enumerate of coöperation to interpose with stamp. Investigators trust she helped Robinson hide Guillen’s consistency. Aguilar, 22, of Killeen, Texas, near Fort Hood, is generally in imprisonment at the Bell County Jail.The Army said a sweater not complex with the scrutiny found man relics June 30 in the woods proximate the Leon River. The await were later recognized as Guillen’s.Later that day, Robinson, who had been fenced in at Fort Hood for reasons that were not related to the Guillen investigation, ran gone unperceived from the cheer, agreeing to the Army. After being confronted by cops/coppers inferior that death, Robinson tinge July 1 by agitation his own life. The Army assay the gun Robinson habit was not delivery by Fort Hood, but it’s unclear where he gotta it. Army officials said 52 agents from manifold sword and scorpion equity compulsion agencies have behavior more than 300 question investigating Guillen’s killing. That has utmost for more than 170 days, and Army officials say that has led to legal examinations of more than 50 phones. ___Acacia Coronado is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a not-for-profit national avail program that places journalists in territorial newsrooms to echo on undercovered conclusion. Associated Press reporters from around the world contributed to this relate.

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