Candlelight vigil for U.S. Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen to be held at Tobin Park

El Paso News

El Paso, TX (KTSM)— A vigil for U.S. Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen who disappeared on Fort Hood back in April was held by El Pasoans, who told KTSM her story should not be forgotten.

As KTSM previously reported, 20-year-old Vanessa Guillen was last seen April 22nd at Fort Hood. The next day she was reported missing.

Announcement of the vigil comes one day after one of the suspects in Guillen’s disappearance was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“Women need to talk about this men need to talk about this anybody in our community needs to be talking about this because although this wasn’t an isolated incident,” said protestor David Varela.

Adding things need to change.

“How many times does this have to happen in order for people to be brought to justice and stories that need to be told that have been swept under the rug for years,” Varela said.

Veteran Natasha Brown who spoke with KTSM explained she herself experienced sexual abuse while she was in the army.

“It’s been so hard to speak up against the military,” said Brown. “As a female veteran about things that actually happened and to find out it’s not only happening overseas but in our own country and nothing is being done for these soldiers it’s so sad,” she explained.

Brown told KTSM another vigil is in the works for Saturday, July 4th. It is planned to begin as a protest march to the Cassidy Gate of Fort Bliss and will end with a candlelight vigil for Guillen.

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