Vanessa Guillen’s sister shares powerful message at southeast Houston prayer vigil

HOUSTON – Community members came together to honor murdered Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen. In southeast Houston, the 20-year-old Army Specialist’s story hits home.

On Thursday, Guillen’s family stood alongside community organizers outside a mural dedicated to Guillen at 7620 Gulf Freeway. The vigil was organized, by Vicki Cruz, a family friend and community advocate.

A women’s advocacy group, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a movement against domestic violence of all, set up a booth to help bring resources to those in need.

Dr. Sergio Lira, an educator, was the keynote speaker at the vigil. He spoke about how to report abuse, recognize abuse and promote healing.

”Her story is the voice of our community; it’s to protect future victims,” Lira told KPRC 2.

Other guest speakers included Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

“We, as a community, we love [the Guillen family],” Gonzalez said.

But the most powerful voice of the evening was the voice that came from Vanessa Guillen’s 16-year-old sister Lupe Guillen.