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Officials recovered the body of “Glee” star Naya Rivera at Lake Piru this week, just moments after he costars took to the lake’s beach to pray for her return.
Captain Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office told Us Weekly that he noticed the actors praying at the water’s edge.
“I don’t know who is who in the cast, but there were 12 to 15 people,” Buschow said. “They were down there by the edge of the lake and prayed for about a half-hour. … I did not go down there and stand with them, so I don’t know what they did or said other than they had expressed a desire to go down there and have a prayer.”
The footage, filmed by ABC7 Eyewitness News, showed a group holding hands and looking at the lake where the actress drowned. Rivera was missing and feared dead after she took her boat out on the lake with her son, Josey, and didn’t return.
It’s being reported that among those who prayed included Amber Riley and Heather Morris, both “Glee” castmates. Co-star Terrence Green was also at the meeting and shared several photos and videos to his Instagram page. He wrote, “We called out to you this morning…You answered.”
“As they were praying, we got a call that the body was discovered on the surface of the lake,” Buschow continued to tell Us Weekly. “We didn’t tell them because anytime we — in the case of a death, we don’t want people to find out from other sources or from the media. We want the family to be notified officially. We don’t want them to learn about it on the news.”
It is believed by police and officials that Ribera accidentally drowned while trying to save her son. He was found several hours after the incident with his life vest still on, but his mother’s still in the boat.
“We know from speaking with her son that he and Naya swam in the lake together at some point during their journey,” he said Monday afternoon. “There are a lot of currents that appear on the lake in the afternoon. She mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat but not enough to save herself.”