Vigil held for murdered soldier Vanessa Guillen
A candlelight vigil for Vanessa Guillen was held at the Golden Heart Plaza Saturday afternoon.
Guillen went missing from Fort Hood, Texas on April 22. The 20-year-old was a soldier stationed there in the army. Shortly before her disappearance she had told her mother she was being sexually harassed by a sergeant.
Her remains where found on June 30th; and shortly after, the suspect in the case, Aaron Robinson, committed suicide.
The murder has brought scrutiny of Fort Hood, and the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command's handling of the case.
Deziray Wilson, the vigil organizer, had moved to Eielson Air Force Base with her husband in 2018.
“Her story just hit super close to home. We are both from Texas, we are both the same age, we are both Hispanic. I have goals of being in the military too, applying to officer training school,” Wilson said while holding back tears. “I think seeing this just upset me, I think probably because I see so much of myself in her, super relatable.”
Wilson said she hopes bringing awareness to sexual assault victims will stimulate real change from lawmakers.
“I hope by seeing everybody step up and say something, that the politicians in-turn do something and overall it changes across [the country]," Wilson said, "Because sexual harassment isn’t just something in the military, it’s everywhere too."