HIALEAH (CBS4) – Holding candles and carrying heavy hearts those closest to Vilet Torrez held a vigil for the beloved mother of three young children at her Hialeah church Tuesday night.
Vilet disappeared from her Miramar home in late March and hasn’t been seen since.
There were hugs and tears Tuesday — many belonging to Vilet’s sister Najiva.
“I just hope that wherever she is that she can feel this love we have for her,” Najiva said.
CBS 4 News was first to tell you last week that Miramar Police believe foul play was likely involved in her disappearance.
Police are also calling Vilet’s husband Cid a person of interest in the case. Search warrants first obtained by CBS 4 News last week revealed that police took DNA and hair samples from Cid Torrez in the days after his wife’s disappearance. Police are not revealing the results of any testing of evidence that has been done in the case.
Vilet’s family says the couple had a stormy relationship and Vilet planned to divorce Cid. Last week Cid Torrez told CBS 4′s Carey Codd that he doesn’t know where Vilet is.
CBS 4′s Carey Codd asked Cid Torrez, “Did you have anything to do with her disappearance?” He replied, “Nothing at all.”
Cid Torrez did not attend Tuesday’s vigil.
Vilet’s family is holding on to faint hope she might be alive. Those grieving her say she never would leave her children. Vilet’s brother Javier says the family can only trust that police will solve this case.
“I have to have faith in the detectives that they’ll find whoever did this to her,” he said. “Whatever happened to her.”
Vilet’s children are living with their grandparents. Her sister says the most painful part of this ordeal is fearing the kids will never again see their mother.
“How can you hurt those children?” she said. “They need her. I just want her children to be happy. They need their momma.”
Vilet’s family is begging anyone with information about Vilet’s disappearance to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493- TIPS.