“20/20” Examines Murder of Fort Hood Soldier in “What Happened to Vanessa?” Special Airing Friday Night

This week’s edition of ABC News’ 20/20 tells the story of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen who was murdered last year. What Happened to Vanessa?/¿Qué le pasó a Vanessa? will include the first television interview with her fiancé, as well as her family, soldiers from her unit and more.

What’s Happening:

  • ABC News has announced that the next edition of 20/20 will focus on the story of Vanessa Guillen, a Specialist in the U.S. Army.
  • One year ago, the young soldier went missing from her base at Fort Hood and was later found murdered. Now, her fiancé Juan Cruz will give his first television interview in the ABC special.
  • Cruz opens up about their relationship, the last time they spoke, learning of her death and coping with the devastating loss. Additionally the program will feature exclusive interviews with fellow soldiers in Vanessa’s unit:
    • Betavious “Tay” Hightower
    • Ryan “Cj” Landy
  • Both soldiers say they knew about the sexual harassment she experienced. They also opened up about their conversation with her killer, Aaron Robinson, on the day she disappeared.
  • Further topic covered include:
    • Army command investigation that revealed missteps in the investigation into Robinson
    • Previously unreported information about how Robinson may have attained the gun used when he died by suicide What happened in the arms room where she worked
    • The fall out resulting from the findings of the Fort Hood Independent Review that looked into the base’s command culture.
  • Along with reporting by ABC News anchor John Quiñones, 20/20 features interviews with:
    • Vanessa’s parents
    • Sisters
    • Family attorney
  • What Happened to Vanessa?/¿Qué le pasó a Vanessa? airs on 20/20 on Friday, June 11 (9:01–11:00 pm EDT) on ABC. Audiences can also stream episodes on ABC News digital platforms and Hulu.

Creative Team:

  • ABC News’ 20/20 is a primetime program anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach.
  • David Sloan is senior executive producer, and Janice Johnston is executive producer.
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