Vanessa Guillen honored with march in Houston on Saturday

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Sunday, July 5, 2020
Vanessa Guillen honored with march in Houston on Saturday
Houstonians gathered to march for fallen Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen on Saturday. Press play to watch the highlights.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- As the tragic story of Vanessa Guillen continues to unfold, a group of Houstonians planned to spend their Independence Day marching in her memory.

The immigrant family advocacy group FIEL organized a march in Guillen's name that took place downtown Saturday evening.

Guillen is a Houston-native who went missing from Fort Hood in April and is presumed to have been murdered by a fellow soldier.

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"Me and other people felt very strongly about the situation," said Andrew Rodriguez.

Rodriguez teamed up with FIEL to march alongside the Guillen family.

"You know, I have little sisters, little nieces. Some of them do want to join the military. When I see Vanessa, I see them," he said.

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"I cannot in good faith celebrate the 4th of July in peace knowing the events that have happened," an organizer wrote on Facebook. "Vanessa fought for us now it's time to fight for her!"

The group marched from Discovery Green and made their way to City Hall.

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