Update: On Friday, we previewed a candlelight vigil for nineteen-year-old Kenia Monge, who disappeared April 1 after a night of clubbing. Despite conditions so windy that the candles kept blowing out, support for Monge and her family burned bright at the event, which drew around a hundred people. Look below to see Fox31's coverage of the gathering, plus a new video put together in Monge's honor, followed by our earlier coverage.
Original item, 10:02 a.m. April 22: Coverage of the April 1 disappearance of Kenia Monge, nineteen, following a night of partying has painted an inaccurate portrait of the still-missing young woman according to Nicole Todd, director of support services for cityWILD, who's helping to organize a candlelight vigil for Monge and her family tonight. The Kenia she knows is a "fantastic young woman" and a wonderful influence on the kids with whom she worked.
Todd describes cityWILD as "a nonprofit that does outdoor experiential education with middle and high school students. And Kenia and her sister both were longtime students of our program -- and Kenia was a crew leader, which is a paid position. That put her in a leadership position here, and she worked really well with our younger students -- went on a lot of our camping and rafting expeditions, and was learning to be a rafting guide. She was a great role model in a lot of ways."
Given that, it's not surprising "a lot of the students have been really affected by her disappearance," Todd continues. "They've been taking missing posters and hanging them up in their neighborhoods, communities and schools. And some students who haven't been attending the program regularly have come back home, in a way, to see if there's anything they can do."
The candlelight vigil, scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. tonight at Wyatt Edison Charter School, where Monge was once a student, is one way the cityWILD crew is responding. "It's a community event," Todd emphasizes. "We've posted it on the Facebook community page for her" -- Help Us FIND Kenia -- "and we're asking people to pass it around." That includes "people who have a personal connection, and people interested in raising awareness and sending support to the family.
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"Kenia is remembered very fondly by our staff and students," she adds, "and like everybody else, we're really hoping that there'll be a positive outcome."
Here's more details about the vigil, from its Facebook events page.
Candlelight Vigil For Kenia Monge
Time: Friday, April 22 · 6:00pm-7:30pm Location: Wyat Edison Charter School 3620 Franklin Street Denver, Colorado
cityWILD invites you to join family and friends of Kenia Monge in a candlelight vigil.
Let's come together to support Kenia's family, bring more awareness to her disappearance, and to build community, so we can find and bring Kenia home.
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