50 join vigil held for missing Boston College student

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Luzmila Garcia (center right), mother of missing student Franco Garcia, with relatives at Chestnut Hill Reservoir last week.

About 50 people attended a vigil Sunday for Boston College student Franco Garcia, who went missing 12 days ago. Parishioners at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in East Boston bowed their heads in prayer as two performers played acoustic guitars and a pan flute, music from Garcia’s native Peru.

“The Peruvian, we are very much devoted and Catholic,’’ said Olga Lattaruio, executive director of the Peruvian-American Community organization, who planned the vigil. “At moments like this, we pray.’’

Garcia’s mother, Luzmila Garcia of West Newton, did not attend the vigil, reportedly because she received a call from police, said her brother Raymundo Espinosa.


He said he did not know the nature of the phone call.

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Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker, a spokesman for the Newton Police Department, said Sunday evening that he did not have any new information about the investigation into the college student’s disappearance.

Garcia was last seen after a night out with friends at Mary Ann’s bar in Cleveland Circle. Security camera footage from a nearby Citizens Bank showed him walking alone toward the BC campus at 12:18 a.m.

Garcia’s friends marched across the BC campus earlier in the day, starting at Mary Ann’s, distributing fliers and hanging posters bearing Garcia’s photo, Espinosa said.

“We want to do that every day until we find him,’’ Espinosa said. “Everybody’s helping us, and we are very glad for that.’’


State Police divers spent four days last week searching the nearby Chestnut Hill Reservoir but did not find anything relevant to the investigation, State Police spokesman David Procopio said Friday.

The family is also working with a private investigator, Justin Billard, who is searching the area with a bloodhound.

Garcia, 21, is studying chemistry at BC, where he also plays in the symphonic and marching bands. He also works as a pharmacy technician at a CVS in Waltham. He lives with his parents in West Newton.

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