Family discusses Ft. Hood’s plan to honor Vanessa Guillen

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Juan Cruz, boyfriend of Army soldier Vanessa Guillén, kneels in front of a mural honoring her Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Houston. Army investigators have identified the body of a soldier who vanished more than two months ago from a base in Texas, according to a lawyer for the soldier’s family. Remains found last week buried near Fort Hood belong to Guillén and Army officials informed her family in Houston Sunday, attorney Natalie Khawam told The Associated Press. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

The family of Vanessa Guillen and their attorney met with Ft. Hood leaders today to discuss honoring her with a special gate design. The family will discuss the plan during a press conference scheduled to start after 3:30 p.m.

Ft, Hood will name the gate leading to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment area after Guillen. The post says it will serve as a reminder to soldiers to take care of each other and inspire the next generation and the surrounding community.

Guillen vanished from the post last spring and search crews found her remains in July.

Investigators say 20-year-old U.S. Army specialist Aaron Robinson killed Guillen in April, and then himself months later as officers tried to arrest him.

Cecily Anne Aguilar

Prosecutors accuse Cecily Aguilar of helping Robinson dispose of Guillen’s body. Aguilar has been indicted on one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence and two substantive counts of tampering with evidence.

Aguilar pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Hundreds of family members, friends, and well-wishers attended a funeral for Guillen in August.

The Houston native’s story has captured the hearts and interest of thousands across the country – bringing several issues, including violence and sexual misconduct on Fort Hood, to the forefront.

“She was supposed to be protected on a military base at all times no matter what the situation was, and that needs to be brought to light for anybody, male or female in the military base, that’s being sexually harassed,” says Gynthia Guillén, Vanessa’s relative.

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