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Loved ones remember Mark Ysasaga at candle light vigil

Published: May. 24, 2015 at 3:37 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 22, 2015 at 7:31 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Saturday's weather didn't stop Mark Ysasaga's loved ones from coming out for the candlelight vigil in his honor. It was held in Coronado High School, where Ysasaga was a student.

Ysasaga's loved ones filed into Coronado's auditorium – this time with the knowledge that he would not be coming home. People joined hands and offered prayers to the family he left behind.

His mother, Anna is known for spearheading the relentless search for Ysasaga and asked those present to continue praying for the return of his body and even offered prayers for Jose Simental, the man charged with Ysasaga's murder.

Emotions ran high as the vigil moved outside and people began lighting their candles.The family expressed their gratitude to the people who came to the vigil, as well to the entire Lubbock community for lifting them up for the past three years.

Last Thursday, police announced that Ysasaga's disappearance was ruled a homicide. Semintal is now behind bars in Lubbock, accused of killing Ysasaga in June of 2012. Semintal was brought to Lubbock from a Houston area prison, where he was serving time for another crime. Police are still searching for other people they think may be involved.

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