Army says soldier found dead off post was murdered

Katia Duenas-Aguilar

US Army officials and local police are currently investigating the possibility of foul play in the death of a 23-year-old Soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The investigation is being conducted jointly by the Army Criminal Investigative Division and local law enforcement in Clarksville, Tennessee, where the Soldier lived off-post.

Private First Class Katia Duenas-Aguilar joined the Army in 2018, training as an information technology specialist.

She completed her basic training at Fort Eisenhower in Georgia before moving to Fort Campbell in 2019.

According to WFAA, Duenas-Aguilar hailed from Mesquite, Texas.

A spokesperson for the 101st Airborne Division, Lt. Col. Tony Hoefler, expressed the division’s concern over the situation.

“We are stunned by the death of PFC Katia Duenas-Aguilar,” he said. “We will continue to support the ongoing investigation with both Army and local authorities.”

The Clarksville Police Department was called to Duenas-Aguilar’s home around 8:33 PM on Saturday following a report

While an ambulance was dispatched to the scene, the Soldier was deceased by the time they arrived.

By Sunday, authorities had officially declared Duenas-Aguilar’s death a homicide and released her identity to the public after notifying her family.

During her service, Duenas-Aguilar received several military honors, including two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

The Clarksville Police Department has requested that anyone with additional information or video footage that might be relevant to the case contact Detective Hofinga at (931) 648-0656, ext. 5720 to assist with the investigation.

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