Friends, Family Pray for Franco Garcia's Safe Return
The family and friends of Franco Garcia held a church service Sunday in Garcia's name.
More than five weeks after he went missing, the friends and family of Franco Garcia are continuing to keep faith that he will return home safe.
A Mass in Franco's name was held yesterday at Saint Jude Parish in Waltham. According to WCVB, the Palm Sunday service brought together dozens of people praying for the 21-year-old Boston College student.
Garcia, who is from West Newton, went missing in the early morning hours of Feb. 22 after he left Mary Ann's bar in Brighton. He was last seen by friends around 12:15 a.m. and was captured on surveillance footage in Cleveland Circle around 12:18 a.m.
Since his disappearance, police have searched the area extensively, including a four-day scan of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Despite the ongoing investigation, police have not found any clues as to where Garcia may have gone.
A Chestnut Hill private investigator, Justin Billard, is also volunteering his time to work with the family and the search.
In an interview with NECN Sunday, Garcia's mother Luzmila said she believes "God is with [Franco]."
"My faith is getting better because I pray to him and he's going to give him back, my boy. I know that. He's going to give me my boy back," Luzmila told NECN.
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For full coverage, check out the Newton Patch Franco Garcia story page here.