Just hours after learning that a body found in the Sacramento River late Tuesday morning was that of 28-year-old Broughty Cole, his family and friends gathered in Miller Park to remember the musician.
It was billed as a vigil of solidarity and love to bring Broughty home, but after the coroner confirmed their worst fears, those who knew the young man gathered instead in remembrance.
"Broughty was incredibly unique. He was very present, very aware, just a very fun and sincere person," said Gray Cat, one of Broughty's closest friends for more than eight years.
"This last week has been, honestly, like I felt like I was trapped in a nightmare," he said.
But now knowing his friend is gone has brought an initial sense of closure.
"At least we're not in the dark about it. Now we begin to accept," he said.
Dozens of people showed up for the candlelight vigil, including Broughty's mother and father, who assured those in attendance that his son was at peace "so we can be too."