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Houston post office will soon be renamed after Vanessa Guillén

The post office, currently named Park Place, is just a few minutes away from where Guillén lived with her family.

A mural depicts a sillhouette of Vanessa Guillen in Army fatigues and the words “Justice for Vanessa Guillen,” at Taqueria Del Sol in Houston.

A southwest Houston post office will be renamed after slain U.S. Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén after a vote in Congress Wednesday.

The post office, currently named Park Place and located in the 5300 block of Galveston Road, is just a few minutes away from where Guillen lived with her family. After the bill's passage it will be changed to the Vanessa Guillén Post Office Building.

U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, sponsored the bill and said the renaming would serve as a reminder of Guillén's legacy.

"With her tragic death came a landmark change in the military," Garcia said. "Not just here in the states but in every military installation in the world that we have a base in, whether it's Army or Navy or Marines."

Guillén was killed by another soldier in 2020. It was subsequently found that soldier had been sexually harassing Guillén and Army officials did not take any action. A series of reforms were passed by Congress in the wake of Guillén’s death and signed into law at the end of 2021.

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