Candlelight vigil held for missing teacher

POSTED: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 9:38am

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 9:57am

"There's a lot of sadness with the thought that she may not return," says Brusly High teacher Connie Brown. Brown has worked with Sylviane Lozada for years and can't hold back her feelings when talking about one of her closest friends, "This is a very hard day for me. Although I know this is a prayer vigil for her, I somehow feel like it's a memorial."

Brown was one of hundreds of people who packed the Brusly High School gym where Lozada worked for the "Carrying the Light for Sylviane" ceremony. They remember the 51-year old Spanish and French teacher as a loving woman who is greatly missed "the thought that she may not be here is hard for the students," says Brown.

Along with receiving a yellow ribbon  when coming to the vigil, everyone in attendance wore a white shirt as a symbol of hope. It's a hope that Sylviane Lozada will be found safe and sound, "Honestly, I'm still hoping. I can't believe that she's gone. I don't want to believe right now that she's gone."

If she is gone, Brusly High School principal Walt Lemoine knows, she is looking out for everyone at Brusly High School, "If she's not with us, you know I truly believe. I have faith she is in a better place and she's looking down on us saying y'all move on."

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