HOUSTON – Family and supporters of Vanessa Guillen are hosting a week of events in her honor, her sister Mayra Guillen announced on social media.
The month of April marks one year from her disappearance.
“We must take this time to remember and reflect, to stand up for change, and motivate ourselves to do better,” the organizers said.
Organizers have planned a range of events, which will be held in-person or virtually via Facebook or Instagram, including the introduction of new state and federal legislation, a virtual 5K run, and a candlelight vigil at the Vanessa Guillen mural in Washington D.C.
They also encourage others across the country to organize local vigils at her murals on Thursday.
For more information, follow @FindVanessaGuillen.
Here is an outline of the events:
Monday, April 19
Remember and Reflect
All Day - Fort Hood dedication for the Vanessa Guillen gate
1 p.m. CT - Vanessa Guillen mural
Tuesday, April 20
Stand Up for Change
Texas State Capital representatives and senators introduce new legation, naming a highway “The Vanessa Guillen Memorial Highway” and naming September 30 as “Vanessa Guillen Day in Texas.
10:30 a.m. CT - Press conference at Agricultural Museum
Wednesday, April 21
All day - Virtual 5K “Run for Vanessa Guillen.” Participants are asked to wear a shirt representing Guillen and run a 5K in her honor. Tag @FindVanessaGuillen and use the hashtag, #RunForVanessaGuillen.
Thursday, April 22
Moment of Silence
Congresswoman Jackie Speier introduces the “I am Vanessa Guillen” Act. Senator Hinora is also expected to make comments during a press conference at Federal Triangle in D.C.
6:30 p.m. EST - Candlelight vigil at the Vanessa Guillen mural, 3552 14th Street NW, Washington D.C., held by the Guillen family and attorney Natalie Khawam.