SAN JUAN, Texas – Hundreds gathered outside a San Juan mural to honor Vanessa Guillen.
Guillen was found dead outside of Fort Hood in Killen after being missing for several months.
One-by-one, cars paraded from Walmart in Alamo toward a mural of Guillen in San Juan just over a mile down the road.
“It feels really good to see everybody come out and get together. It’s important to show support so females out there know that it’s not okay to get sexually harassed or it’s not okay for people to go through what Vanessa went through,” said Mayra Olivarez, the Facebook group creator.
Olivarez runs a Facebook group that highlights protests and memorials held for Guillen throughout the RGV, however, she did not organize this event.
Protestors displayed signs and flags in honor of the late Houston native.
Guillen’s death, combined with other issues at Fort Hood, has prompted an independent military investigation.
One Valley native decided to speak up using art, “it was my way of protesting. I felt like when I heard Gloria’s words for the outcry, I was like I have to do something, and I did something. Just look at this,” said Alexander Gonzalez, Mural artist.
Alexander Gonzalez’s mural can be seen in San Juan.
He hopes his art will continue to shine a light on misjustices throughout the military and in society.