NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) - It was a very emotional candlelight vigil when more than 100 people showed up at Lake View Park in Nampa Thursday night.
Loved ones sang and prayed in the soft evening light after getting word from Nampa police that a body found in a cornfield east of Melba is likely that of missing Nampa mother Selena Thomas.
Those who attended shared stories of Thomas's past. They also talked about domestic violence and how women need to be more aware of what's at stake in abusive relationships.
Kylee Williams, a family friend, said, "It's been a terrible tragedy and it's great to see all the people come out and support the family. You can really feel a sense of community supporting the fight against domestic violence. We're really there for the Thomas family and we hope the best for the future."
Selena Thomas's son said she was a great mom and that, while she was strict, she was always there for him.
Selena's sister, Sara Moon, said, "We're holding up and we're all strong individuals. We can get through this together."
"We just have to stick together and everything's going to be OK," Moon said.
The family has set up a website to help with funeral expenses for Selena Thomas at gofundme.com/9cziac