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Fort Hood says Vanessa Guillen died ‘in the line of duty’ and affords family benefits

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A mural painted in tribute to Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen.

FORT HOOD, Texas — The death of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen occurred “in the line of duty,” Fort Hood officials announced Tuesday.

The designation paves the way for Guillen’s family to be entitled to certain Army benefits.

“Typically, these benefits include compensation to immediately help the family with expenses, funeral with full military honors, the Service members’ Group Life Insurance, and final pay and allowances,” the post said in a statement.

Guillen, 20, was last seen in the parking lot of her barracks at the post on April 22, according to the US Army Criminal Investigation Command.

Her remains were discovered June 30 in a shallow grave, according to family attorney Natalie Khawam. She was bludgeoned to death and her body was moved from the military base by her killer, said Khawam, who cited details the family learned from Army investigators.

Officials named the main suspect in Guillen’s disappearance as Spc. Aaron David Robinson. According to US Army Criminal Investigation Command, the 20-year-old suspect killed himself on July 1, after police confronted him in Killeen.

According to Khawam, Guillen’s family said she planned to file a harassment complaint against Robinson the day after she was killed, and they believe Robinson became enraged when she told him.

The Army said Tuesday that leaders remain in contact with the Guillen family “to keep them informed of the additional actions being taken at Fort Hood, and what policies are being revised to ensure Army culture continues to put people first and honors Vanessa’s life.”

Last month, a bipartisan bill named the “I Am Vanessa Guillen Act” was introduced by a group of U.S. House lawmakers in memory of Guillen. According to the bill’s sponsors, the act would make sexual harassment a crime within the Uniform Code of Military Justice and move prosecution decisions of sexual assault and harassment cases out of the military chain of command.

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15 Comments

    1. True. She was murdered by a deranged black soldier for reasons not announced by the Army due to the politicization of this matter. This case was not sexual harrassment by it’s current legal definition.

    2. I disagree on this one mike. She was a soldier 24/7 for 365 days a year. Expected to respond on a moments notice to put herself in danger when called. A murderer decided to kill her for whatever motives but Guillen remains the same, a soldier on active duty. I know there was political underlinings here but the result is the correct one. The benefits should be afforded to the loved ones she designated and should be respected with full honors. The murderer should be given capital punishment if convicted. This soldier was not an alberto pedo muerto. She actually was serving her country.

  1. The Army made a decent attempt to make things right after failing to protect one of their own. I hope this will bring some sort of comfort to her family, and again, thank you for your service little lady.

  2. ANYONE NOTICE ALL THE YEARLY VETS GATHERINGS ARE WHITE? THEY SURVIVED HIDING WHILE THE REAL HEROES FOUGHT AND DIED. CLASSIC. YOU SEE IT ALL THE TIME.

    1. And you alberto pedo muerto are an expert in showing it. The depravity of your race, canine, I believe by all accounts. Even Hispanics don’t claim you. You are just worthless. Your family disowned you, your friends disowned you, hell your enemies disowned you. Best thing for you to do is do yourself in. Let comadre turner run you over in her tractor. She ain’t using it anyway. No illegals going to her desert land.

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