LULAC posted a video on Friday morning showing someone vandalizing a mural of Spc. Vanessa Guillen outside of Sick Made Tattoo Parlor on Fort Hood St. in Killeen.
The video shows someone kicking over candles that were placed on the ground in the shape of a heart. The person can be seen running towards and through the candles while kicking them all over the parking lot.
The League of United Latin American Citizens, LULAC, is asking for the public’s help in providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person caught on camera overnight defacing a public memorial site..
"I would ask that we focus on reminding the community that the mural is there to bring the community together and bring awareness to sexual assault, sexual harassment and its prevention,” said Analuisa Tapia, LULAC District Director. ’Our community has already been damaged by the loss of one too many soldiers. We ask that we collectively take care of the mural as we honor our service members who live in that silent combat,” she added.
Rodolfo Rosales, Jr., Texas LULAC State Director and Linda Chavez, LULAC National Board Member and Vice-President for the Southwest are monitoring the situation. “We abhor any type of vandalism and destruction of property,” says Rosales. “The only thing we believe in is peaceful and nonviolent action,” he added.
If you have any information about the suspect, you are encouraged to reach out to LULAC.