Gloria Guillén sat next to Donald Trump to talk about the death of her daughter.
Photo: JIM WATSON / . / .
The family of the Hispanic soldier Vanessa Guillén met this Thursday at the White House with President Donald Trump. Sitting next to the president and with tears in his eyes, the mother of the young woman, Gloria Guillén, asked her “to touch your heart” to support the pursuit of justice for the death of her daughter and endorse the #IAmVanessaGuillen bill.
Gloria Guillén sat next to the president to ask for justice for the death of her daughter. Photo: JIM WATSON / . / .
“My daughter’s story is a nationwide story“The Mexican assured the president. Vanessa Guillén, 20, was assassinated on April 22 at the Fort Hood base in Texas. His mortal remains appeared months later on the banks of a river near the military installation. The family denounced for months the inaction of the Armed Forces before the case.
The president assured that what he had read of the murder had affected him greatly and promised to launch an investigation in deep. Trump also offered financial help to pay for the Hispanic woman’s funeral expenses.
Gloria Guillén made it clear that the The family and the lawyer’s objective goes beyond clarifying all the details of the murder. of the young soldier. The justice for Vanessa Guillén, the relatives explain, is to make sure that what happened to her Do not happen again another person who has put his life at the service of the Army.
The Guillén family and their lawyer, Natalie Khawam, attended the visit. Photo: JIM WATSON / . / .
That is why they asked for the Donald Trump’s endorsement of the #IAmVanessaGuillen law, which seeks that victims of sexual harassment in the ranks of the Army can denounce a civil agency. The Guillén family assures that Vanessa had told them that she was experiencing sexual harassment but He did not communicate it to the controls of the Fort Hood base for fear to retaliate.
The same day that the relatives of the deceased Hispanic soldier met with Donald Trump, the Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, sent a statement in which he communicated the names of five civilians who must iinvestigate if the action of the Fort Hood commanders in the Guillén case “reflects the Army’s values”.
Before setting off for the White House, the Guillén family surrounded themselves with protesters, activists and members of the community who raised their voices in unison to demand justice. Some of the attendees started a road caravan from their places of residence, mainly Texan cities, but also from other states such as California and North Carolina.
Gloria Guillén asked Donald Trump to touch his heart. Photo: DOUG MILLS / Efe