“Our brigade and the Army community are heartbroken by Selena’s death,” Col. Theodore Travis, commander of the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, said in the press release on Thursday. “We have extended our condolences to Selena’s family, friends and loved ones. We ask that you please respect the highly sensitive nature of this tragedy out of respect for the families.”
“We will ensure that Spc. Hernandezperez is treated fairly throughout the judicial process,” Travis added.
The charges against Hernandezperez were filed under Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the laws covering members of the U.S. armed forces, “for the murder of his spouse, Selena Roth,” the press release said.
At the time of her death, she had a Facebook profile picture recognizing Army Spec. Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old Army soldier murdered at Fort Hood, Texas last year.
“Vanessa Guillen is still my profile picture, not because I’m too lazy to change it, but because what happened to her is an ongoing issue that affects us all,” Roth wrote in a Dec. 7 post. “I know it feels old, I know you’re tired of all of this, but don’t let her death go without consequence.”
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Kevin Knodell reported on the military and veterans for Civil Beat as a corps member for Report For America, a national nonprofit that places journalists in local newsrooms to cover underreported topics.