HOUSTON, Texas – A Houston-area artist and restaurant came together this week to honor Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen by creating a mural in her memory.
The mural was unveiled Wednesday, July 1, and is located on the side of the Taqueria Del Sol restaurant at 8114 Park Pl. Blvd in Houston. The artist behind the artwork is Alejandro “Donkeeboy” Roman Jr. and “Donkeemom.”
#Vanessaguillen #salute @donkeeboy for presenting us with this opportunity through @breakfreehouston #Westandtogether #justiceforvanessaguillen #southeastPosted by Taqueria Del Sol on Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Roman Jr. took to Facebook, thanking Taqueria Del Sol for their support and allowing him to create the mural.
In part, Roman Jr. said he is encouraging everyone to come together in his community to support the Guillen family.
“I’m from Southeast Houston. It’s beyond insane to think that this is happening to a family in our community and to a SOLDIER who decided to serve her country. I ask of everyone from everywhere to support the Guillen family!,” the artist said on Facebook.
According to a previous KSAT 12 report, the attorney for Vanessa Guillen’s family, Natalie Khawam, said that human remains found Tuesday near the Leon River in Bell County are believed to be Guillen’s and that her death was a result of sexual harassment in the military.
A criminal complaint obtained by KSAT 12 stated that Guillen was killed by another Fort Hood soldier before her body was mutilated and buried.
The soldier accused in Guillen’s death died by suicide, and a woman charged with helping to get rid of the body remains in custody, officials say.