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Candlelight vigil planned in Milwaukee for Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen

Fort Hood officials to give update in Vanessa Guillen case
Posted at 7:42 AM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 15:41:16-04

MILWAUKEE — A candlelight vigil is planned for Monday evening in Milwaukee to honor Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, a soldier from Fort Hood, Texas whose remains were found last week.

Federal investigators believe Guillen was killed by a fellow soldier back in April. A soldier, investigators said was the suspect in her disappearance, shot and killed himself fleeing from police. Another suspect is being held in connection to Guillen's death. Guillen's family said she was being sexually harassed before she disappeared in April, though officials said they do not believe it was connected to her death.

The vigil will be held at Kosciuszko Park on S. 7th Street in Milwaukee at 6:30 p.m. Some of the organizers include Forward Latino and advocates Melissa Soto and Deisy España.

"Organizers will be calling for a Congressional investigation in to the murder and legislation that creates an independent organization that U.S. Military personnel can call to file complaints with the confidence that they will be investigated without bias and will not jeopardize their careers," said the organization in a press release.

Milwaukee County Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz and several other leaders and advocates are expected to speak at the vigil.

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