Death of Katia Dueñas-Aguilar in Texas: Answers wanted the most recent demise of a Latina soldier | EUROtoday

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Katia Dueñas-Aguilar's mom senses one thing unusual about her daughter's demise. The soldier, initially from Texas, 23 years outdated and mom of a four-year-old baby, was discovered useless final Saturday in her residence within the city of Clarksville, Tennessee, proper on the border with Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the place the bottom on which the knowledge expertise specialist was assigned. According to the Police report, after receiving a name round 8:30 pm, they discovered the lady's physique and in a short while declared the case a murder. The Army Criminal Investigation Division joined the investigation.

It is the third demise of a younger American soldier of Latin origin in recent times, after the homicide of Vanessa Guillén in 2020, and the suicide of Ana Basaldua final 12 months, each stationed at Fort Cavazos, previously often known as Fort Hood, in Texas. . Until now, no arrests have been reported for the murder of Dueñas-Aguilar and the authorities have referred to as on the inhabitants to supply any info that contributes to clarifying the case. Additionally, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest Hispanic civil rights group within the United States, is providing $25,000 for any info that helps discover these accountable.

LULAC did one thing related in 2020 within the Vanessa Guillén case, a criminal offense that triggered main modifications in the best way harassment complaints are investigated within the Army. As at the moment, the reward seeks to draw “the attention of the nation” to the case. “We will not rest or let the investigation into the murder of this Army soldier become a cold case,” insisted Domingo García, president of the group.

At the identical time that she processes her grief, and tries to see her grandson once more and maintain him, Carmen Aguilar, mom of the deceased, additionally raises her voice to place the highlight on the case. “I can't find an answer, because she had told me that her last day on the base was May 5 and then she would return home with me. But in an instant she changed. He told his sister that he had spoken with advisors at the base and that they had told him that it was not the best decision to come live with me… Now that I am faced there, in that place, they tell me another version, that she was ready to sign a new contract. The only thing I know is that she is not the first and no one does anything,” she stated between sobs on the Telemundo community.

Aguilar refers back to the instances of Guillén and Basaldua, but in addition to the psychological well being issues that 1000’s of troopers and veterans face in silence with hardly any institutional help. “I knew there were problems inside the base. “I told them that they knew what was happening with my daughter and why didn't they give her psychological assistance,” she adds, convinced that there are many threads to tie up.

Dueñas-Aguilar enlisted in 2018 and was assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, a year later. During her time serving there she received multiple medals for her work, including the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Prior to her death, she was part of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Lieutenant Colonel Tony Hoefler, spokesman for the Division, expressed dismay at the incident. “We are stunned by the death of Dueñas-Aguilar,” he stated in an announcement. “In the meantime, we will continue to cooperate with the military and local investigative authorities in this matter.”