I am Vanessa Guillen is a powerful Netflix documentary about the tragic death of Vanessa Guillén and her family’s subsequent fight to reform the handling of sexual harassment within the ranks of the US military.
Guillén, 20, was stationed at Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas. She was working as a small arms and artillery repairman at the base when she was last seen around lunchtime in the parking lot on April 22, 2020.
Two months later, on June 30, 2020, the dismembered remains of Vanessa Guillén were discovered buried along the Leon River in Texas. His alleged killer was Ford Hood soldier Aaron Robinson, but unfortunately, before the police could arrest him, Robinson committed suicide.
Robinson’s girlfriend, Cecily Aguiler, told police that Robinson killed Aguiler at Ford Hood Base before taking his body to the river. Aguiler is the only person charged in connection with Guillén’s murder, for helping Robinson dismember Guillén’s body.
Unfortunately, Guillén’s death was not the only tragedy to occur at Ford Hood and several other scandals and disasters occurred at the base, which remains open today.
Pleasemynews looked at six other controversies below.
1.Lawrence George Sprader Jr.
On June 12, 2007, the body of Lawrence George Sprader Jr., 25, was found at the Fort Hood training ground.
Prior to discovery, he had been missing for four days, having completed a solo drill for basic map reading and navigation skills. In total, more than 3,000 people participated in Sprader’s research.
According to autopsy records reported by NBC News, he died of hyperthermia and dehydration.
A subsequent Army investigative report revealed “a multitude of procedural violations, errors of judgment and alleged acts of misconduct by Army trainers who not only contributed to the Sprader’s death, but put some 300 other soldiers at risk that day, including about two dozen who required medical attention.”
2. 2009 Mass Shooting
On November 5, 2009, Nidal Malik Hasan, a US Army Major and psychiatrist, committed the deadliest mass shooting on a US military base in the United States at the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood.
A total of 13 people were killed and 32 were injured.
Hasan was shot in a firefight, ending the attack. As a result of his injuries, Hasan is now a paraplegic.
Prior to the shooting, Hasan had been investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force after being in communication with Anwar al-Awlaki, the imam of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, in Virginia, between 2000 and 2002, who was under investigation by the FBI for his radical views in 2009.
However, senior Defense Department officers said they were not made aware of any such investigations regarding Hasan prior to the shooting, ABC News reported.
During his trial, Hasan told the court that his motive behind the shooting was to defend the lives of Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, according to The New York Times.
Hasan was found guilty of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. However, he was not charged with any terrorism offences.
He was convicted on all counts and ultimately sentenced to death in August 2013. He is currently incarcerated in the United States Detention Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, awaiting execution.