Dozens remember murdered Glendale teacher in Northern Arizona

Dozens remembered Glendale teacher, Cathryn Gorospe's, love for nature, the Green Bay Packers and all things Disney during a vigil Sunday night.

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Dozens remembered Glendale teacher Cathryn Gorospe’s, love for nature, the Green Bay Packers and all things Disney during a vigil Sunday night.

With music, poems, prayer and memories, co-workers and friends of Gorospe honored her.

The Glendale kindergarten teacher spent her summers in Williams, working at the Grand Canyon Railway.

Flagstaff Police said Gorospe was murdered. Her remains were found just more than a week ago, on Oct. 13, in Mayer.

Vigil organizer and friend of Gorospe, Amber Rose Bird, said Sunday was important for this small town to get closure.

“A lot of us need this just to come together and it’s a pretty big thing for such a little town and I just want to make sure that it’s – we have a good time with it and make it light and say goodbye the right way,” Bird said.

The man detectives called their primary suspect, Charlie Malzhan, had not been charged as of Sunday with murder, but he was under arrest accused of other crimes. Police across Arizona said Malzhan went on a crime spree throughout the state the same weekend Cathryn disappeared.

To help Cathryn’s family with memorial service costs and any legal expenses that may come along the way, organizers of Sunday’s vigil sold benefit bracelets. You can click here to purchase one.

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