AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin community gathered Saturday evening to honor 33-year-old Heidi Broussard, the Austin mother who was found dead in the trunk of a car near Houston in December.
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A woman who attended read a poem and another led everyone in prayer. They also sang ‘Amazing Grace.’
“She was an awesome mom to begin with, an awesome friend. She had a beautiful spirit about her,” said Marie Castillo, a dear friend of Broussard’s. “She was always happy, she lit up every room she walked into.”
Broussard and her three-week-old baby Margot Carey went missing on Dec. 12 and on Dec. 19, Texas Rangers and the FBI tracked the two to a home in northwest Harris County. Margot was found safe inside the home.
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The vigil was held at the Mary Moore Searight Park in south Austin at 6:30 p.m.
“I want to see her,” Castillo explained. “I’m just waiting to see her and we’re not going to see her and I know that but it’s hard.”
Castillo added that she was with Broussard the day before her disappearance. “We were together, I walked her to her car. We said our ‘I love you’s.'”
Broussard was laid to rest last weekend.
“She is very dearly missed,” Castillo said. “Work isn’t the same anymore without her beautiful spirit but we all love her.”
Heidi’s friend Magen Fieramusca is charged with kidnapped and tampering with a corpse in connection to her death. Her first court date is set for February 3 at the request of her attorneys.