Family and friends of missing D.C. Everest grad Kira Trevino Steger gathered Friday night at Bethany Baptist Church for a prayer vigil. Originally they planned to pray for her safe return, but with murder charges ont he books and her husband in jail that's looking less likely.
Preparations for Friday's vigil began Wednesday, after Trevino Steger's sister, Keri Anne, attended a small prayer gathering at her local church in Weston. NewsChannel 7 sat down with Pastor Aaron Winowiski of New Day Christian Church who led the prayer vigil. Pastor Winowiski said it was very important to Keri Anne to hold a public prayer vigil for her sister.
"What Keri Anne wanted to do was give more people the opportunity to be a part of praying for her and her family," Pastor Winowiski explained.
He added that despite second degree murder charges being filed Thursday against Trevino Steger's husband, the tone of the vigil remained one of hope.
"The prayer is still that Kira will be found. Now the evidence suggests that for her to come home safely is less likely. We still want Kira to be found. We want the truth to be known in the situation. We want the opportunity for the family to have clarity and understanding even if that's difficult," Pastor Winowiski told NewsChannel 7.
One of the most poignant moments of Friday's vigil was when Keri Anne spoke about her sister, saying she wouldn't want them to mourn, but to move on and smile.
St. Paul police are still actively searching for Trevino Steger and they're asking for your help. If you have any information, they ask you to please call their tip line at 651-560-3277.