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In Honor of Vanessa Guillén

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Who was Vanessa Guillén?

Vanessa Guillén, 20, was from Houston, Texas. She was born in Ben Taub Hospital in Houston on September 30, 1999, to parents Rogelio and Gloria Guillén, who originated from Zacatecas State in Mexico. She had five siblings. Guillén attended Hartman Middle School and, according to her family, graduated from César E. Chávez High School in 2018 in the top 15% of her class. She played soccer, loved to jog, and enjoyed sports and learning. Guillén joined the United States Army in June 2018 and trained as a 91F, Small Arms and Artillery Repairer. Guillén was posthumously advanced from Private First Class to the rank of Specialist on July 1, 2020.


LULAC Alerts & Press Releases:

Oct 1, 2020

Vanessa Guillen Memorial Vandalized Hours After Her Birthday

Nation’s Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Says Suspect Caught on Video at Site of Tribute Mural for Slain Soldier

Jun 29, 2020

LULAC president urges Latinas not to join the military after the disappearance of Vanessa Guillen

LULAC National President Domingo Garcia says the military is not protecting female soldiers. Vanessa Guillen disappeared from Fort Hood two months ago

Jun 28, 2020

LULAC Launches #La Quiero Viva Campaign For Missing Latino Soldier Vanessa Guillen

Nation’s Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Says Her Mother’s Pleas Demand We Support Call for More Action From U.S. Army

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