HOUSTON TEXAS. – The US Army has agreed to request an investigation from the Defense Department into the death of soldier Vanessa Guillén at the Fort Hood military base.
Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia said Friday, July 10, that after the meeting with Ryan McArthy, the secretary of the army promised to request an investigation into the death of the Houston soldier.
“We believe that the case of Vanessa Guillén has opened the door for many other women who have been part of the army to decide to raise their voices and denounce the sexual harassment and abuse that have been committed within the military base,” said García.
The congresswoman was accompanied by Domingo García, national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), who indicated that they will present more cases to the army, including those of other Latino soldiers who reported harassment, as well as victims who have died and abuses that have not have been resolved.
Vanessa Guillén, 20, was reported as disappeared on April 22, when she was last seen in the parking lot of her Regional Engineer Squadron headquarters at Fort Hood.
Family and friends asked for help from organizations community to find the whereabouts of the young woman. Congresswoman Sylvia García announced through her social networks who joined the search.
“My team and I are dedicated to supporting the Guillén family. Let’s find Vanessa ”#FindVanessa, I point out in the post.
After more than 70 days, the remains de Guillén was found near the military base and on July 5 his family confirmed that it was the soldier.
An investigation by the FBI revealed that soldier Aaron Robinson took a hammer and hit Vanessa even killing her inside a weapons room at the Fort Hood military base in Killeen.
In the case of Vanessa Guillén, It shook the country, peaceful demonstrations were organized to demand answers, in his case they have not stopped. On July 4, dozens of people marched in the city of Houston where the soldier grew up.
Murals have been painted in several cities in honor of the young Hispanic woman, and a makeshift altar was installed in the space city to honor Vanessa. Numerous displays of affection have been brought to show support for the Guillén family.