Military investigators looking into the case have threatened soldiers to out their gay peers, confiscated cellphones to check communication records, and even used dating apps to dupe soldiers into revealing their sexual identity, said Lim Tae-hoon, the head of the Military Human Rights Center for Korea, which tracks down abuses in the armed forces.
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In conservative South Korea, gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people are harshly stigmatized and struggle to be politically visible, while a powerful Christian lobby immobilizes politicians seeking to pass anti-discrimination laws.
That stigma is amplified in the military, where most able-bodied South Korean men are required to serve about two years as the country maintains a large force in the face of potential conflict with North Korea.
Harris County lead homicide investigator Mike Ritchie told a news conference on Monday: 'On February 25 I was assigned a case where a body was recovered which was later identified as our first complainant Glenser Soliman .
He was reported missing by his family on February 18.
Since then we don't know where he is.' Ritchie said An Vinh Nguyen was reported missing by his family on April 1. Detectives have not determined a motive for either crime and have not ruled out whether they were targeted due to their sexuality.
He said they could possibly be dealing with serial killers.According to the FBI, serial killers will have murdered at least three people with a 'cooling down' period between each crime.The two suspects may have been using gay chat sites to target their victims, both of whom were Asian males.The second victim, An Vinh Nguyen, a 26-year-old University of Houston student vanished on March 31. Police have charged Brandon Lyons, 18, with the capital murder of Soliman.His cousin, Jerrett Jamal Allen, 26, has been charged in his absence with credit and debit card fraud.Several days later after he was reported missing we found his vehicle.'Through our investigation, and through a few weeks we were able to develop a suspect who was identified as Brandon Lyons, who was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.'Through our investigation and several months of work, along with the DA's office, we were able to file a capital murder charge on Brandon Lyons for the death of Glenser Soliman.'During our investigation of this case, in early April, I was made aware of another missing male by the name of An Vinh Nguyen.