This April will mark one year since the Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen disappeared from her post. Ever since she disappeared, the investigation has been going on about what exactly happened to her. Cecily Aguilar is the woman who is accused of helping her boyfriend and Army Specialist Aaron Robinson of disposing Vanessa Guillen’s body. A lot of people are still curious to know about what happened to Vanessa Guillen and how did she disappear. For all the people who are wondering about Vanessa Guillen and her disappearance, here is everything you need to know about it.
According to a report by nytimes.com, specialist Vanessa Guillen was last seen on April 22 around noon in the parking lot of her squadron’s headquarters at Fort Hood. During the investigation, it was found that the last person she texted was U.S. Army Specialist Aaron Robinson.
According to Special Agent Damon Phelps of the Criminal Investigation Command, Robinson was not superior to Vanessa Guillen and he was not in her chain of command. A witness had mentioned that Vanessa Guillen left the arms room where she was working and went to the arms room which was controlled by Robinson. She had gone there to confirm serial numbers for weapons and equipment, the complaint said.
Robinson later said that after he read her the serial numbers and giving her the paperwork, he believed she left to go to the motor pool, according to court documents. According to the complaint, two witnesses later shared that they had seen Robinson coming out of the arms room as he was pulling a large tough box with wheels that appeared to be very heavy in weight.
On July 2, prosecutors had announced a charge in the case detailing accusations that Specialist Vanessa Guillen was killed by another soldier who later tried to dispose of her body. The accused soldier was identified as Aaron Robinson, 20, in a federal complaint. Specialist Aaron Robinson killed himself with a pistol a few days before the charge was announced. The authorities then also arrested his girlfriend Cecily Aguilar from Killeen, Texas.
Justice Department officials mentioned in court documents that specialist Robinson had told his girlfriend Cecily Aguilar that he had repeatedly hit Specialist Vanessa Guillen on her head with a hammer, killing her and hid her body in a large box. Vanessa Guillen's death shocked the entire world and the US Army. According to the complaint, the couple had then tried to dismember and burn her remains. Vanessa Guillen's age was 20 years at the time of this incident.
Cecily Aguilar’s trial was supposed to take place on March 8, 2021. However, according to a report by kcentv.com, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office said it was cancelled until further order of the court and the case has been designated as a complex case.
Vanessa Guillen's family lawyer shared that they support any request or recommendations by the U.S. Attorney Office for a good investigation and a fair trial. But he also believed that justice delayed is justice denied. He further added that he hopes and prays that they find out really what happened and justice will be served quickly.
Vanessa Guillen's family members also spoke about the incident. Her sister Myra shared that there has been no change and no justice and hopefully this new year will be different than the last one and they start seeing change as soon as possible.
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