A procession that noticed Guillen’s casket arrive at Cesar Chavez Excessive College in a horse-drawn carriage preceded the midday CT begin of the service.
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Guillen’s memorial passed off at her alma mater at 8501 Howard Drive in Houston.
Organizers suggested that people who find themselves attending can park at 8653 Howard Drive, although, they warned spots are anticipated to refill shortly. Folks attending should put on a masks and follow social distancing.
Vanessa’s household was in attendance.
Forward of the memorial’s begin, Guillen’s casket was pushed in a hearse from a funeral dwelling for a Veterans Memorial cruise. The casket then was transferred right into a horse-drawn carriage alongside the best way to finish the path to the highschool, the place it took a few laps across the campus’ soccer subject to honor her time enjoying within the sport at Cesar Chavez.
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Of holding the service, Houston ISD mentioned it was honored to assist facilitate the memorial:
The Houston Unbiased College District stands united with the household of U.S. Military Specialist Vanessa Guillen, a proud graduate of Chavez Excessive College. At Chavez, she is remembered as an avid soccer participant who was form, hard-working, and obsessed with making a constructive distinction on the planet. Our ideas and prayers proceed to be together with her family members, together with household, mates, former classmates, and former lecturers.
The Guillen household will maintain a personal funeral on Saturday, and Vanessa can be laid to relaxation at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Dwelling in southeast Houston.
Throughout a gathering between Vanessa’s relations and President Donald Trump on the White Home final month, the president instructed them that they’ve his assist and that he’ll personally assist with funeral bills.
“In case you need assistance with the funeral financially, I’ll assist,” the president instructed the household within the Oval Workplace on the time.
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Earlier than the assembly, relations expressed their function on taking Vanessa’s story to the highest.
“I do not wish to hear one other girl or man was discovered useless at Fort Hood. I do not wish to hear one other girl or man was sexually assaulted, abused or raped,” mentioned Lupe Guillen, Vanessa’s sister.
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Forward of the assembly with the president, a number of dozen demonstrators joined the household at a rally calling for Fort Hood officers to be held accountable for Vanessa’s loss of life and for higher investigations of harassment within the navy.
“Fort Hood is meant to be held accountable. Management needs to be held accountable,” mentioned Lupe, whereas talking to a crowd outdoors the U.S. Capitol.
Supporters marched from the rally on the U.S. Capitol to the White Home.
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“We’re right here to demand justice for Vanessa,” mentioned Khawam.
The proposed, #IAmVanessaGuillen invoice, would let service members file sexual assault and harassment claims to a 3rd social gathering, somewhat than their chain of command.
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The invoice comes after a whole lot of Fort Hood service members have come ahead with their expertise on the bottom.
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