Update on Trevyan Rowe: Vigil at the Blue Cross Arena

Capture-Trayvan 1There’s a heavy sadness in Rochester today as we collectively mourn the death of Trevyan Rowe. Rochester Police announced Sunday that they found human remains in the Genesee River. While those remains are being sent to the Monroe County Medical Examiners’ Office for confirmation, police say it matches Rowe’s description.

His vigil is Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Blue Cross Arena. It’s open to the public. Family and friends are also raising $10,000 for his funeral costs.

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AutismUp, a local parent-led organization, has been organizing volunteers since late last week and is spearheading Monday’s vigil. They ask that attendants bring electric candles or glow sticks to hold up during the vigil. They are also seeking pencil donations because Rowe was known to give pencils to schoolmates who needed them.

The city skyline will be lit up blue to honor the color of autism awareness and Rowe.

Rowe, a 14-year-old black student with autism, went missing Thursday morning. He was last seen stepping off the bus in front of his school, School 12. He veered off, presumably looking for his phone, according to his family, but never went to school. Open Mic Rochester has since learned that the Rochester City School District mishandled his absence. According to district officials, he was marked as present that day. Additionally, the correct spelling of Trevyan’s name wasn’t known until mid-day Friday. Articles by local media included the wrong spelling and an incorrect description of his outfit. Originally, media was told he was wearing khaki or tan pants. Later, it was learned he was wearing blue jeans and red and white sneakers.

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Hundreds of volunteers helped local officials scour wooded areas and the vicinity of the school looking for Rowe.

Rowe is heavily missed by friends, family and the entire community. We all wish he’d been found safely.

Stay tuned to Open Mic for further developments as we cover his vigil tonight and dig into the details surrounding his death. 

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