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'Drive for Justice' in Abilene for murdered Fort Hood soldier

Vanessa Guillen photo from family CNN Newsource 2.jpg
Vanessa Guillen photo from family CNN Newsource 2.jpg

An Abilene mother is hoping to make a difference -- one week after 20-year-old Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén's remains were found in Central Texas.

Terri Martinez said the Army should have done more to protect Guillén, who was believed to be a victim of harassment and sexual assault.

“We need answers for her," said Martinez. "We need somebody to be accountable for not being there for her, not listening to her.”

Every night since Guillén disappeared from Fort Hood in April, Martinez prayed for Guillén's safe return.

“I just wanted her back home," said Martinez. "I wanted her back home with her family. I wanted her mom to be able to hold her.”

Guillén's remains were found on June 30.

Authorities believe 20-year-old Army Specialist Aaron Robinson bludgeoned Guillén to death on Fort Hood.

Guillén's family said she was sexually harassed before she went missing -- a claim the Army is investigating.

“Serving for the military is hard as it is, and to have to deal with harassment and stuff like that is even harder," said Martinez.

Martinez knows about the pride and fear of having a child in the military.

Her daughter, Hope, is a soldier in the U.S. Army -- just like Guillén.

“It just hurt me because she was so young," said Martinez, choking up. "Like my daughter, she took this choice to better herself, to make something of her self – to serve her country.”

Martinez believes the Army failed Guillén, and wants to keep her story alive to spark change.

“It need to be out there," said Martinez. "Her face needs to be out there so people can remember this story and not for her, but for the next person.”

Protestors are asked to meet in the parking lot of the Abilene Police Department at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

This protest won't be a march, but a drive to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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