Army: Death of female soldier allegedly sexually harassed by superior officer reveals ‘no foul play’
of army Nearly three years after Vanessa Gillen’s similar death, we are investigating the death of yet another female soldier who complained of sexual harassment at Fort Hood.
Investigators said no foul play was suspected in the March 13 death of a 21-year-old private. Ana Fernanda Basardua Ruiza combat engineer who has served in the division for the past 15 months, ABC News report.
Victim’s mother says military superiors and other individuals were “harassing her” last month
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of PV2’s Ana Basaldualiuz and our hearts go out to her father, mother and sister. Colonel Patrick Sullivan, Commander, 91st Engineer Battalion.” Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.She was a special teammate who will be truly missed.”
Relatives of the 21-year-old were told Ana had died of suicide, but few details were provided to the family. told Ana that he was “harassing her,” and she was said to have received constant sexual advances from other individuals.
Fort Hood said, “Army CID will continue to conduct a thorough investigation and gather all evidence and facts so that we can discover exactly what happened. , will be dealt with and fully investigated.”
Victim deaths mirror those of Army Special Forces.Vanessa Gillen, also harassed and murdered at Fort Hood
Basalduaruiz’s story reminds me of Army Spc. Vanessa Gillen was sexually harassed and murdered by another soldier at the same base.
The soldier committed suicide while being chased by the police. A report released nearly a year after Gillen’s death confirmed that she was sexually assaulted by her boss.
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An autopsy on Basalduaruiz’s body is scheduled for Thursday, according to her aunt Itzi Ortega.
Family of Pvt. Ana Basaldualizu, 21, a combat engineer who died at Fort Hood, Texas, is seeking answers after U.S. Army investigators said foul play was not apparent.
Fort Hood is the same base where Vanessa Gillen was murdered in 2020.
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Her family has made it clear that they will not be involved with any information regarding her death until the investigation into the incident is complete.
Pentagon reports increase in women reporting sexual harassment from 2018 to 2021
The Department of Defense reported that 29% of women and 7% of men experienced sexual harassment during fiscal 2021.
This is up from a previous report in fiscal 2018, when 24% of women said they had dealt with sexual harassment.
Her aunt said Basalduaruiz enlisted in the military in 2020, but didn’t start basic training until August 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, ABC News reports.
Meanwhile, Vanessa Gillen’s sister Myra posted about the death of Basardua Luis. twitterand she said she would speak to her family soon.
“I know Ana Basaldua passed away in Fort Hood, TX. Rest in peace. She was only 21…I plan to speak to my family soon. About something I am still completely unaware of. Talking is very sensitive and this is very inspiring for me too…I need to get my thoughts together so I can share them,” she said in a tweet.