Family of slain Fort Hill soldier Vanessa Guillen still seeks answers

It’s been greater than a 12 months since Vanessa Guillen’s dismembered physique was discovered a half hour from her base at Fort Hood, Texas — and her household and associates are still plagued with unanswered questions.

The 20-year-old solider disappeared on April 22, 2020, and family and friends rapidly feared the worst, they told ABC’s 20/20.

Guillen’s family members have lengthy believed a soldier who killed himself after her stays had been discovered was the wrongdoer in her homicide — however say the Army’s investigation of her killing must be probed.

It took two months earlier than the Army decided foul play was behind Guillen’s disappearance. And whereas they interviewed Spc. Aaron Robinson — who was later decided to be the killer — the investigators appeared to focus extra on the chums who raised the alert that she was lacking.

Fellow soldier Ryan “Cj” Landy, stated he and Guillen rapidly turned buddies — however Army investigators weren’t serious about investigating Robinson.

Private First Class Vanessa Guillen, 20, was last seen at a parking lot at Fort Hood.
It took two months for investigators to seek out on the market was any foul play in Guillen’s disappearance.
Guillen had gone missing last April.
Guillen had gone lacking in April 2020.
Activist, actress and filmmaker Armida Lopez leads a peaceful caravan and protest for justice for Vanessa Guillen at Staples Center last summer.
Activist, actress and filmmaker Armida Lopez leads a caravan and protest for justice for Vanessa Guillen at Staples Center final summer season.
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The family of Vanessa Guillen reveals a gate dedicated in her honor during a ceremony and press conference at Fort Hood military base.
The household of Vanessa Guillen reveals a gate devoted in her honor at Fort Hood navy base.
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“We told them who to investigate from the beginning, and that’s not what happened. So, I feel like they should’ve came to that conclusion way earlier than they had,” he stated.

“We got harassed. They just kept trying to pin it on me or Landy,” one other pal, Betavious “Tay” Hightower, informed “20/20.” “There was one time they brought me in and they were asking questions: have I ever found her attractive, and have I ever tried her? Have I ever liked her? They were like, ‘Maybe you did go hiking with her, and maybe you did actually rape her and leave her out there. And that’s probably what happened to her.’ And they were just trying to see my reaction.”

After Guillen’s stays had been discovered, Robinson killed himself.

People pay respects at a mural of Vanessa Guillen in Austin, Texas.
People pay respects at a mural of Vanessa Guillen in Austin, Texas.
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Spc. Aaron Robinson was determined to be the killer of Guillen.
Spc. Aaron Robinson was decided to be the killer of Guillen.
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US President Donald Trump speaks with Gloria Guillen.
US President Donald Trump speaks with Gloria Guillen.
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Before her dying, Guillen had informed her mom she was sexually harassed by a fellow soldier, however felt she had no strategy to report it.

A committee appointed to overview the local weather at Fort Hood discovered main flaws with the sexual harassment and assault response prevention program on the base, together with issues with the bottom’s felony investigation unit, and a local weather that was permissive of sexual harassment and assault, ABC News reported.

Guillen’s household is hoping {that a} invoice named for her will likely be her legacy.

Military personnel carry the casket of Vanessa Guillen last August.
Military personnel carry the casket of Vanessa Guillen in August 2020.
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Guillen told her mother that she had been sexually harassed before her slaying.
Guillen informed her mom that she had been sexually harassed earlier than her slaying.
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Rep. Jackie Speier introduced the “I Am Vanessa Guillen” bill.
Rep. Jackie Speier launched the “I Am Vanessa Guillen” invoice.
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The “I Am Vanessa Guillen” invoice, would checklist sexual harassment as against the law in navy legislation, require the secretary of protection to determine a course of for servicemembers to lodge a criticism confidentially and transfer the choice of whether or not to prosecute a sexual offense to an particular prosecutor outdoors the chain of command.

“It’s one of the biggest military reforms in history,” Guillen’s sister, Lupe Guillen, informed ABC. “It’s so important because it will bring the help my sister never obtained, it will bring the voice my sister never had.”

The invoice, launched by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif) in September with 187 co-sponsors, has seen no motion since from the House Armed Services Committee.

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