NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- Family and friends gathered Wednesday evening for a vigil honoring Kathleen Moore, 34, whose remains were found in a wooded area off of Carmel Ave. Tuesday.

What You Need To Know

  • A vigil was held for Kathleen Moore Wednesday evening

  • Moore's remains were found in a wooded area off of Carmel Ave. Tuesday

  • Her boyfriend, Collin Knapp, is charged with murder in her death

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"She was the one that everyone loved. All the cousins loved her. She always kept a smile. She always had jokes, always loved everyone. That's why this is so hard to know that she had to face someone like him on her own, with no one there to help her," said Moore's cousin, Brittney Kendrick.

Moore's boyfriend, Collin Knapp, 30, is charged with second degree murder in her death. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said this week Moore's remains were found covered with brush just 50 yards from Knapp's home. It was in front of that home that mourners gathered for the vigil, lighting candles and leaving flowers and pictures.

"It's a tragedy," said Moore's cousin, Rev. Hosea Ward. "Just keep the family in prayer. It's a long road."

"Kathleen was beautiful. She was so kind. She was funny. She was really bright. She always just brightened up everyone's day and it's just really hard to think that somebody would take her away from her family," said Kara Cryderman, a co-worker of Moore's.

Some at the vigil had never met Moore.

"I live across the street, so it hit home. Everything I saw on Facebook with her friends and family, what kind of person she was, I just kind of felt compelled to at least be here for this," said Sean McDonald.

"We appreciate the love from a lot of people. We know she was loved. Her co-workers, her friends - we do appreciate the love and the prayers that everyone has given," said Kendrick. "It's gonna be hard not to hear her calling every now and again just to talk, with her jokes. He just don't understand the kind of person he took from a lot of people."

Kendrick said her family wants to see justice served for Moore.

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