Fort Hood: Memorial gate to be named in honor of slain soldier Vanessa Guillen

Published: Nov. 10, 2020 at 3:49 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2020 at 1:17 PM CST
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FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) - Fort Hood plans to construct a memorial gate in honor of slain Spc. Vanessa Guillen, III Corps and Fort Hood Commander Lt. Gen. Pat White announced Tuesday.

Guillen’s family was on post Tuesday to “discuss and review design concepts” and to visit the proposed site of the gate, White said.

“Vanessa’s life was a catalyst for us to implement action to improve trust, discipline, and teamwork across our formations,” he said.

"In recent weeks, we began a ‘People First’ initiative that ensures soldiers, families, and civilians are always at the core of what we do.

The proposed site for the gate would lead to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment area where Guillen served.

Guillen disappeared sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on April 22 in the parking lot of her 3rd Cavalry Regiment Engineer Squadron Headquarters.

The keys to her car and her barracks room and her ID card and wallet were later found in the armory room where she had worked earlier in the day.

More than two months later, on June 30, contractors working on a fence along the Leon River discovered what appeared to be human remains.

Investigators searched the area “and identified scattered human remains that appeared to have been placed into a concrete-like substance and buried.”

The remains were later confirmed to be Guillen’s.

Cecily Anne Aguilar, 22, of Killeen, who’s accused of helping her boyfriend dismember and bury Guillen’s body was named in a three-count federal indictment charging one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence and two counts of tampering with evidence.

She remains in custody after pleading not guilty to the charges.

Aguilar, the indictment alleges, conspired with her boyfriend, Spc. Aaron David Robinson, of Calumet City, Ill, “to corruptly alter, destroy, mutilate and conceal evidence, including the victim’s body in order to prevent Robinson from being charged with and prosecuted for any crime” and that Aguilar tampered with evidence in this case, including the victim’s body, to impair its integrity and availability for use in an official proceeding," the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

A chilling federal affidavit released on July 2 says Robinson beat Guillen, with a hammer and that her body was later dismembered and burned.

Robinson shot himself in the head early in the morning on July 1 in the 4700 block of East Rancier Avenue as Killeen officers approached him.

He died at the scene.

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