AUSTIN (KXAN) — One Austin woman jumped into action from the start of the Heidi Broussard case, organizing a prayer service for her that was held on Monday evening.
“We think about Heidi and Margo and the family,” said Sarra Sarai, who had been following as the case unfolded. “We don’t know what happened.”
Broussard went missing with her two-week-old baby at the time, Margo Carey, on Dec. 12 after dropping her son off at school.
Sarai started mobilizing people in her south Austin community, where Broussard lived, to do something to support the family. Though she doesn’t know Broussard, she planned two search parties that were to be held Saturday and Sunday.
After the news broke Friday that Broussard’s body was found in the trunk of a car in a northwest Harris County neighborhood called Jersey Village near Houston, plans changed.
“It wasn’t that long ago that I had a 3-week-old so it’s just hard,” said Sarai. “I really identify with her just as a woman and as a young mother with a young family. It’s just heartbreaking how it’s unfolded.”
Eric Bryant, the lead pastor of Gateway Church guided attendees in a prayer at Garrison Park.
The service was held Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Garrison Park.
Dozens of people showed up to wrap their arms around Broussard, Shane Carey, Baby Margo and their families.
Ty Carey, Shane’s father, was in attendance and shared some of the heartbreak his son has felt over the past two weeks.
“It’s beyond comprehension to watch your son, to know he didn’t do a doggone thing and you know how much he loved her. It’s just unbelievable,” Carey said through tears.
Others in attendance shared their heartfelt shock when they heard news of Broussard’s death.
“Just on its own, it’s tragic. But some of the other elements that have come out about this story is just unbelievable,” said Valori Gutierrez, who went to church with Broussard.
Many in attendance didn’t know Broussard personally, but said they felt compelled to participate in the vigil.
“God just told me I need to be here,” said Janie Casares, who lives in South Austin. “Appreciate your family, your friends, especially this time of year. Just love one another and just be there for each other all the time.
Sarai said this won’t be the only vigil they will hold to honor Broussard. Pastor Eric Bryant said to expect more events in January.
Latest in the investigation
Heidi Broussard’s longtime friend, Magen Fieramusca, is charged with two counts of kidnapping and one charge of tampering with evidence.
Baby Margo has been reunited with family as of Monday night and CPS is not longer seeking temporary custody, the Department of Family and Protective Services reports.