A Texas soldier missing since April was killed by one other soldier on the identical navy set up the place they served, the lawyer for her household mentioned Thursday.
Spc. Vanessa Guillen was killed April 22, the day of her disappearance, by Spc. Aaron David Robinson inside an armory room the place she was engaged on Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, attorney Natalie Khawam mentioned throughout a information briefing.
Khawam mentioned she met with officers with the Military Felony Investigation Command who supplied her with the knowledge, the Military Instances reported.
Guillen’s automobile keys, barracks room key, identification card and pockets have been discovered within the armory room, in accordance to investigators. Officers mentioned the 20-year-old was final seen within the car parking zone sporting a black T-shirt and “purple fitness-type pants.”
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Each Guillen, who entered the Military in 2018 as a small arms repairer, and Robinson, additionally 20, have been assigned to the third Cavalry Regiment’s engineer squadron however have been on completely different troops.
Guillen, who was promoted from non-public first-class to specialist on Wednesday due to her time in service, was allegedly attacked with a hammer and dismembered with a machete.
Robinson allegedly had his married girlfriend, the estranged spouse of a former Fort Hood soldier, assist bury her “bloody body,” Khawam mentioned.
“At first they tried to set her on fire, but she wouldn’t burn,” she told the Times. “Then they dismembered this beautiful U.S. soldier’s body with a machete.”
Robinson, from Illinois, entered the Military in October 2017. He fled Fort Hood late Tuesday and fatally shot himself Wednesday morning as authorities closed in on him, Killeen police said. The lady recognized as Robinson’s girlfriend was booked into the Bell County jail for an unknown offense, the Times reported.
Cecily Anne Aguilar, 22, of Killeen, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree felony tampering/fabricating bodily proof with intent to impair a human corpse, in accordance to KTBC-TV in Austin. She additionally faces a federal conspiracy to tamper with proof cost.
Guillen’s sister, Mayra, mentioned Wednesday that she acknowledged Robinson from assembly him prior to now.
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“I met him not knowing that he had something to do with it,” Mayra Guillen mentioned, in accordance to KTRK. “I felt something was telling me that he did something and I wasn’t wrong, apparently. He still had the nerve that day to laugh in my face. And apparently now, he kills himself. Why? I don’t know. But whoever is responsible has to pay and we demand a Congressional investigation.”
Partial human stays suspected to be Guillen have been discovered Tuesday close to the Leon River, about 26 miles east of the bottom. A medical expert in Dallas nonetheless was working to determine the stays.
Tim Miller, of Texas Equusearch, who was aiding within the seek for Guillen, told KHOU Thursday that investigators discovered a lid final week that belonged to a container in keeping with one a witness noticed loaded right into a automobile at 8:30 the night time Guillen disappeared.
Base officers mentioned two parallel investigations are being performed: one into Guillen’s demise and one other associated to sexual harassment claims made by her household.
“She was afraid to [report it] because the sexual harassment was coming from her superiors, so her concern was the retaliation, being blackballed,” Khawam mentioned in the course of the press convention. “We believe the person that killed her is that person that sexually harassed her.”
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Military CID Senior Particular Agent Damon Phelps mentioned no proof has but been discovered to substantiate the claims.
“We have made significant progress in this tragic situation and are doing everything possible to get to the truth and bring answers to the family of Pfc. Vanessa Guillen,” CID spokesman Chris Gray mentioned.
The Related Press contributed to this report.