A petition has started online to push the federal government to shut down Fort Hood, and it has gained traction quickly.
The petition comes because of how Fort Hood handled the Vanessa Guillen case. The petition was started Wednesday morning and had over 264,000 signatures by 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
Guillen is a 20-year-old specialist who was serving on Fort Hood before she went missing. Fort Hood officials said she was promoted to Specialist due to time in service, effective July 1.
She was last seen on April 22. Partial human remains that are believed to be Guillen were found near the Leon River in Bell County’s Little-River area on Tuesday.
Before she went missing, she told family that she was being sexually harassed at work by her superior.
Fort Hood is investigating the allegations but the family of Guillen is demanding a congressional investigation into the case.
One suspect in the Guillen case was a Fort Hood soldier that killed himself early Wednesday morning as authorities tried to make contact with him in Killeen. Another suspect, a civilian who is an estranged former Fort Hood soldier’s wife, is in custody.
On Wednesday, during a press conference with the family of Guillen in Washington D.C., Lupe Guillen, Vanessa Guillen’s sister, called for Fort Hood to be shut down.
“I want Fort Hood Army base to be shut down and for them to investigate every single one of them,” Lupe Guillen said.
The petition can be seen at https://www.change.org/p/president-donald-trump-or-congress-to-close-down-the-military-base-fort-hood.
Jessica Mendez started the petition.