Texas soldier found dead near Kentucky Army base – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Grim news came from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, on Tuesday.

Both the Army and local police are investigating the death of 101st Airborne Division soldier Katia Duenas-Aguilar as a homicide. The 23-year-old Private First Class was from Mesquite.

“My heart just fell to the ground,” Hector Montez said.

Montez was stationed alongside Duenes-Aguilar on the Kentucky-Tennessee route for two years. A fellow Texan, he said she took him under her wing.

“She was always very positive and very outgoing. She was, you know, you can ask anyone; She was always the life of the department,” he said.

On Tuesday, the Army released a statement that said in part: “We are stunned by the death of Pfc. Duenas-Aguilar. In the meantime, we will continue to work with the Army and local investigative authorities on this matter.”

It also said Duenas-Aguilar began her active-duty Army career in 2018 as an information technology specialist. She subsequently received several awards and commendations.

It was Friday when police in Clarksville, Tennessee, said they found Duenes-Aguilar's body in a home off base after someone called an ambulance around 8:30 p.m

“I can't even put into words how I feel because it's still surreal to me. I just can’t understand it and I can’t understand why it would happen to such a good person,” Montez said.

Police have not released any further details, including any information about a suspect. However, they are asking for information that could lead to an arrest.

The army has not said whether other soldiers are suspected in the case, but has said the army's criminal investigation department is involved.

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