FORT Bliss soldier Asia Graham who was “found dead” was allegedly sexually assaulted at the base, but the top brass failed to act.
They claimed that the Army soldier reported what had happened, but her mother said that leadership failed to help.
However, Graham reportedly told her family that she felt better in December 2020, saying that she wanted to get justice in her case.
“She was ready to fight,” her oldest brother Andrew Koenigsfeld told a local NBC affiliate. “Then that got taken away.”
The Sun contacted the base for comment, but has not yet heard back.
Her family were apparently told by the Army that foul play isn’t expected in her death, but they are still awaiting the autopsy and toxicology results.
“She wasn’t supposed to go. It wasn’t her time,” her mother Nicole Graham told the outlet. “I don’t understand why it was supposed to be her time.”
Graham was pronounced dead by emergency personnel, officials told ABC News.
The outlet reported that an investigation is taking place into how she died.
Graham joined the Army in July 2019 and was assigned to the 1st Armored Division.
She was a human resources specialist and was stationed at Fort Bliss in December, officials said.
Following her death, her division released a statement on Facebook saying Graham was a “valued member” of the team who did an “outstanding job.”
“Her loss is felt not just in our formations but across the Army.
“We lost a skilled human resource specialist who wanted nothing more than to serve her country and her battle buddies,” the statement said.
The soldier’s death sparked a probe into a string of 28 deaths and sexual assaults, leading to the purge of senior offices at the base.
After Guillén’s disappearance, the Independent Review Committee probed Fort Hood’s command climate and culture, looking at incidents there as far back as 2014 and interviewing 503 women.
A whopping 93 of these woman were allegedly sexually assaulted – but only 59 women reported it, in addition to the 217 unreported harassment claims.
Guillén’s relatives bravely spoke out after McCarthy’s announcement, as Guillén’s mother, Gloria, demanded criminal charges against the individuals involved in her daughter murder.
“I told the secretary of the force [McCarthy] that yes, it’s very good that you caught some, but no, I want a case,” Gloria Guillén, Vanessa’s mother, said in Spanish.
“I want a case that uncovers the truth of what truly happened. What happened to my daughter, why was her murdered so cruel. She was not a cockroach, she was an innocent human and they killed her.
“And it wasn’t just her, they did so to various soldiers. Fort Hood is corrupt, Fort Hood is the worst that could’ve happened to me because that’s where my daughter died,” added the mother.
The family’s attorney, Natalie Khawam, said they are relieved to find out the truth from the findings of the independent probe and urged everyone watching the case to keep supporting the I Am Vanessa Guillén bill.
“Everybody is watching, everybody cares and that’s important. Vanessa’s death will not be in vain, it will live with us forever and we’re all going to be apart of making that change, making that difference,” Khawam said.
At a December 8 press briefing, journalists heard that the committee had issued nine findings – including the Army’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Program (SHARP) was ineffective.
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The review board acknowledged that soldier accountability was not enforced, harrowing crimes at the base weren’t addressed, and where there were “delays that are troublesome to the victim” in terms of justice.
They also noted that claims there was no evidence Guillén was sexually harassed was a “flawed finding” today after her family said she’d been harassed at work, prompting the hashtag #IAmVanessaGuillen online.
They explained there was a terror of retaliation, Army careers being derailed, and compromised confidentiality in terms of why Fort Hood’s sexual assault program wasn’t effective.