LULAC Questions Why Fort Hood Investigators “Didn’t Care” About
Missing Latino Soldier Found Dead This Week
Nation’s Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Says Claims
of Inaction In Disappearance of Private Gregory Wedel-Morales Are Similar
to Those of Vanessa Guillen’s Case
Washington, DC - The League
of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) said Thursday that claims by the
family of a Latino soldier whose remains were found Sunday ten months after
he disappeared are the same as charges raised by the mother of Vanessa
Guillen and demonstrate a pattern of indifference by Army officials.
“Private Morales was just two
weeks away from completing six years of service in the Army yet Fort Hood
investigators ignored his family’s pleas for help for months and classified
him as a deserter instead of doing their job. His brother said military
investigators didn’t care.” stated Domingo
Garcia, National President. “It doesn’t make sense that a
young man who was just days away from getting an honorable discharge and
his military benefits would all of a sudden just disappear without a trace.
Yet, that’s exact;y what the Army used as the excuse to do nothing for
months, the same as they did in Vanessa’s case,” he added.
Morales’ remains were found
Sunday night in a wooded field less than five miles from the base.
Investigators received a tip after a reward of up to $25,000 was offered
for any information leading to his whereabouts. An autopsy has been ordered
into what caused Morales’ death and military officials now say the soldier
was a victim of foul play. On Monday, Army investigators for the first time
acknowledged foul play was also behind the disappearance of Pvt. Vanessa Guillen,
more than two months after her family reported her missing and asked for
the Army to help them locate her.
“LULAC is demanding that the
Army at the highest levels make Vanessa’s case a priority and stop making
excuses for their inaction the past two months,” says Analuisa Carrillo-Tapia, Director of
Texas LULAC District 17. “We’re not going to allow what
happened in soldier Morales’ case to happen here. Vanessa deserves to be
found and the person or persons responsible need to be arrested before they
do this to someone else. LULAC is going to stay on this case no matter what
until we get results. Then, we want a Congressional hearing into what is
going on at Fort Hood and other Army installations where female soldiers
have told us they too are being sexually harassed, just like Vanessa
reported just before she went missing,” said Tapia.
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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s
largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers
Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in
Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto
Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important
issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more
information, visit www.LULAC.org.
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