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North Texas family wants answers after soldier found dead in his home

North Texas family wants answers after soldier found dead in his home


North Texas family wants answers after soldier found dead in his home

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NORTH TEXAS — Private First Class Katia Duenas-Aguilar of Mesquite joined the Army in 2018. She had a four-year-old son and was stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, but had recently told her family that she planned to leave the Army.

“She already told me she wasn't happy there and I wanted her to come back so we could make more memories,” said Cecilia Ruiz-Aguilar, Duenas-Aguilar's sister.

But on May 18, Clarksville police found her dead in her apartment in Clarksville, Tennessee. Police ruled her death a homicide.

“We want to know what happened, who did it and we want to make sure that person or persons are brought to justice,” her family said.

The family of Katia Duenas-Aguilar, with the support of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), held a press conference in Dallas on Saturday. They asked for the public's help and doubled the reward to $55,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of her killer.

“We want to believe that it was a nightmare and that she will still be there when we wake up,” Ruiz-Aguilar said.

According to her family, she had originally planned to leave the Army earlier this month and return to her family in Texas, but after speaking with an Army adviser, she decided to stay.

Now her mother is asking why she changed her mind, saying the Army should have provided better mental health care for soldiers like her daughter. The family says they are not satisfied with the answers they are getting from the Army.

They hope the $55,000 reward will motivate anyone who knows what happened to Katia to come forward.

Clarksville Police and Fort Campbell Criminal Investigation continue to investigate the death of Katia Duenas-Aguilar. Local police are asking anyone with information to contact local Tennessee Criminal Investigators at (931) 648-0656.