|Updated: 10/17/2011 10:40 pm
||Published: 10/17/2011 10:36 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR – More than 1,000 people attended a rosary service at Saint Edward’s Church for Patricia Guardado.
On Monday night, friends, family, and members of the community came to remember and pray for their loved one. The bi-lingual service attracted so many attendees that it was standing room only and even then the congregation spread down the steps and into the yard outside the church.
"I didn't think there would be this many people, but I'm really glad there is, that a lot of people love her,” says Leslie Aguiler, a friend of Patricia’s.
Patricia was last seen alive on Wednesday morning when she left for class. Her car was found on a private parking lot on S. University next to UALR, but there was no sign of her.
On Sunday, a body was found floating in a pond in Sweet Home, south of Little Rock. By Monday afternoon, law enforcement convened a news conference to confirm what many had feared.
“Unfortunately, I have to share with you some sad news. The crime lab has confirmed the identity of the individual as Patricia Guardado,” said Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas.
Sheriff’s deputies spent most of the morning searching the pond and surrounding areas for clues to help find Patricia’s killer. So far there are no suspects in the case; friends and family are worried about a killer on the loose.
“She didn’t deserve any of this, she was really good, she was really devoted to church, a really good person. I don’t know, whoever did this to her is just bad,” said Aguiler.
At the service the church took up a collection for the Guardado family to help pay for funeral costs and for a reward leading to an arrest. You can donate at any Metropolitan National Bank.