PHOENIX, Ariz.- Friends gathered in a vigil to remember Cathryn Gorospe, the missing Arrowhead Elementary kindergarten teacher whose remains are believed to have been found.

The 44-year-old disappeared last week after bailing out a friend from jail. That friend, Charlie Malzahn, is now a person of interest in her disappearance.

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Friends who were at the vigil read a statement from the Gorospe’s family. In part it said, “She touched many lives through her work as an educator, her love of animals and her support of community members and those in need.”

The teacher’s family also thanked law enforcement for their work in the statement.

The vigil’s theme was the color green, which was Gorospe’s favorite color and symbolic of her love of nature.

Former students of the Arrowhead Elementary school teacher were also present. "She came to one of my theater plays and that's the kind of person that she is. She wouldn't miss anything for anyone," said student Kaylei Majchrcak.

Gorospe was Kaylei's first grade teacher a couple years ago, she said.

Along with candles and prayer, friends grieved her absence with hugs and tears.

Confirmation on the body Flagstaff police believe is Gorospe's is still pending, but the Deer Valley Unified School District released a statement Saturday saying they are saddened by her death.