Vanessa Guillen’s family seeks $35 million in the Army specialist’s 2020 wrongful death at Fort Hood
Armed with a new federal court ruling that allows a former Army colonel to pursue a sexual assault lawsuit, the family of Vanessa Guillén has filed a wrongful death and assault case against the federal government.
Family of slain Texas soldier seeking $35 million in damages
AUSTIN (AP) — The family of a Texas soldier who was was sexually harassed and killed at a military base near Killeen in 2020 filed a lawsuit Friday seeking $35 million in damages from the U.S.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Invasive weed is choking parts of a Central Texas lake
KILLEEN (AP) — An invasive underwater weed is spreading in a Central Texas lake popular with anglers, tangling boat propellers and threatening the fish.The weed is hydrilla, an aquatic plant initially[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Inside the chaotic response to a 911 call in Texas: ‘Half of the family just disappeared’
It was 9:08 p.m. when Michael Negussie’s phone rang. Twenty minutes had passed since he called 911 asking for emergency crews to check on his cousins and their two children, fearing that they had fainted from carbon monoxide poisoning in their Houston home during a massive winter storm.
A year after Vanessa Guillén’s death, lawmakers and advocates call for Congress to pass military sexual assault reform bill
A federal bill was recently reintroduced, proposing sweeping changes to the way the military investigates sexual assault and harassment allegations. Texas lawmakers are urging Congress to make it law.
Austin shooting began as confrontation between Killeen teenagers
AUSTIN, Texas — Downtown Austin appeared to be back in the pre-pandemic swing of things last weekend, with hordes of visitors reveling on Sixth Street. But, according to police, a confrontation between teenagers from Killeen led to an exchange of gunfire that killed one person and injured 13 more.myrgv.com
Family calls for the arrest of the officer who killed a Black man during a mental health check
Disturbing video shows the moments leading up to a police officer shooting and killing a Black man in Killeen, Texas, after a call for a mental health check. His family demands the officer is immediately arrested. Omar Villafranca reports.cbsnews.com
"Significant number" of U.S Army officers and soldiers at Fort Hood expected to be fired, AP reports
A memorial for Specialist Vanessa Guillén outside the Fort Hood U.S. Army post in Killeen. A “significant number” of U.S Army officers and soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas are expected to be fired in an effort to correct a years-long culture of sexual assault and a pattern of violence at the base, the Associated Press reported. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy is expected to remove soldiers from their jobs and trigger investigations that could lead to wider punishments, according to the AP. Guillén was the victim of sexual harassment, her sister said, but she didn’t report the sexual harassment out of fear of retaliation. Between 2014 and 2019, an average of 129 felonies were committed annually at Fort Hood, including murder, kidnapping and sexual assault.
Fort Hood soldier facing murder charge in woman’s 2019 death; How DNA revived the case
KILLEEN, Texas – A Fort Hood soldier has been arrested in the death of a woman at a Texas hotel last year, authorities said Wednesday. NBC News reported Cory Grafton, 20, an active-duty soldier assigned to the Texas base, was arrested Tuesday. The Texas Rangers, which received a grant for DNA testing last year, approached police with the possibility of using the testing in the year-old case, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. Police had also gotten a statement from one of Grafton’s co-workers who said he had confessed to the killing, the Department of Public Safety said. NBC News reported Grafton was being held in lieu of $1 million bail Wednesday night, according to online jail records.
Fort Hood: The Army’s most dangerous post?
So far this year, nearly 30 service members connected to Fort Hood have died, including by homicide, suicide, accident and illness. Army leadership has admitted that Fort Hood has the worst rate of violent crime and incidents among its U.S. installations. Christopher Wayne SawyerSawyer, 29, was found unresponsive on March 5 in his residence on Fort Hood, according to a statement released by the post. Mejhor MortaMorta, 26, was found unresponsive July 17 in the vicinity of Stillhouse Hollow Lake, near Fort Hood. His body was discovered on Aug. 25 near railroad tracks in Temple, about 30 miles from Fort Hood.
Army asks for help in a search for missing Fort Hood soldier
FORT HOOD, Texas – The U.S. Army is asking for the public’s help in a search for another missing soldier in Texas. Fort Hood officials issued a missing soldier alert Thursday night for Sgt. Gregory Morales, 24, a Fort Hood soldier who was reported missing on Aug. 20, 2019. Vanessa Guillén, 20, a Fort Hood soldier who had been missing since April. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has commented that Fort Hood has one of the highest rates of murder, sexual assault and harassment in the Army.
Investigators: Texas couple defrauded Army out of millions
Investigators told the court there was probable cause to believe the couple committed crimes including wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering. He told the Fort Hood Sentinel that he was first drawn to the initiative by the chance to save on gas. Starting around 2014, according to the affidavit, Pelayo registered soldiers around the country for subsidies of $255 or $265 a month. Several enrolled soldiers said they had never ridden in the van pool and investigators found that many were not even at Fort Hood. A Fort Hood spokesman declined to answer questions, saying he'd defer to those agencies' statements.
Bond denied after suspect pleads not guilty in Vanessa Guillen case
AUSTIN, Texas A 22-year-old woman accused of helping hide the body of a slain Texas soldier pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges related to the crime. Cecily Aguilar of Killeen, near Fort Hood, entered the pleas Tuesday in federal court in Waco to three conspiracy charges in the death of Army Spc. Vanessa Guilln, 20. A judge denied bond for Aguilar and she will remain in the Bell County Jail in Belton, Texas, while awaiting trial, KCEN TV reports. She said they will continue to build a whistleblower case for the slain soldier and asked anyone with information on Aguilar to come forward.
Hundreds march from Discovery Green to city hall to demand justice for Vanessa Guillen
HOUSTON – Hundreds of people marched from Discovery Green to Houston’s city hall in honor of 20-year-old Vanessa Guillen. The Houston native, who was missing since April, is believed to have been bludgeoned to death on the Fort Hood army base in Kileen. Lupe Guillen, Vanessa’s sister, choked back tears as she addressed the large crowd. Other protesters, like Yvette Villegas, were at the event demanding those responsible for Guillen’s death be held accountable. “I don’t think any woman or anybody should have to go through this whether she’s in uniform or not,” Villegas said.
Skeletal remains found in Killeen field after Fort Hood investigators receive tip, police say
HOUSTON Skeletal remains were discovered in a Killeen field Friday morning after the Fort Hood Criminal Investigations Division received a tip, according to the Killeen Police Department. At 9 a.m., Killeen police say Fort Hood officials notified them of a tip about a body in a field near the 3200 block of Florence Road in Killeen, Texas. The two agencies were assisted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife K9 division to search the field. During the K9 search, skeletal remains were located and a crime scene was established, officials wrote in a release. Tim Miller with Equusearch told KPRC 2 the skeletal remains are not believed to be those of missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen who was last seen on April 22.
On this day: November 5
2009: Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old U.S. Army psychiatrist of Palestinian descent, kills 13 and wounds 29 at Fort Hood, located just outside Killeen, Texas, in the deadliest mass shooting at a United States military installation. Hasan was shot and taken into custody by responding officers and is now paralyzed from the waist down. He was eventually convicted on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder and sentenced to death. Hasan remains imprisoned at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas awaiting execution while his case is reviewed by appellate courts. Hide Caption