By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Students, alumni, faculty and staff at Cal State San Bernardino will hold a prayer vigil in support of CSUSB alumna Terrilynn Monette, who has been missing since March 2 in New Orleans.
The event will be held Saturday, March 23, from 3-5 p.m. on the Cal State San Bernardino campus in front of the Pfau Library. Parking will be free in Lot D.
The prayer vigil is intended to bring together the campus community, alumni, the local community, local clergy officials, friends and family to raise awareness about Monette’s disappearance, according to event organizers. Monette’s mother is expected to be in attendance from Long Beach before returning to New Orleans to continue the search for her daughter.
Monette, 26, grew up in Long Beach and earned her bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies in 2010 from Cal State San Bernardino, where she lived on campus. She went to New Orleans to participate in the nonprofit “Teach NOLA” program, which sends teachers to instruct children in impoverished areas, according to news reports.
She is a second-grade teacher at Woodland West Elementary School in New Orleans. Her principal, Amy Hoyle, said Monette came to the school last October and turned one of the lowest-performing classes into one that became the highest-achieving.
That effort led to her being nominated for teacher of the year honors. News reports say Monette and friends were out celebrating the nomination at a New Orleans bar before she disappeared in the early morning hours of March 2. Just recently, New Orleans police released surveillance videos that showed Monette alone in her car near the bar.
Hundreds of volunteers have assisted New Orleans police, the FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Louisiana State Police and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department in the search, and EquuSearch, a Houston-based company that specializes in the search and recovery of missing persons, helped with the effort until March 20.
Various prayer vigils for Monette have been held in New Orleans and her hometown of Long Beach.
For more information, contact Twillea Evans-Carthen at (909) 537-3103 or Mark Hartley at (909) 537-3237.
For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.