The search for Trevyan Rowe last weekend mobilized Rochester's autism community in a way one member says they've never seen before.
"The wandering away and death of a child with autism is every parent's worst nightmare," said Rachel Rosner, director of education and community training at AutismUp.
Rowe was the 14 year old School #12 student whose disappearance triggered a massive search over the past four days. Rochester discovered Rowe's body in the Genesee River Sunday afternoon, and late Monday afternoon, the Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the identity of the body as being that of Trevyan.
A public vigil is being planned for tonight at the Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester to remember Trevyan and to support his family.
Rosner says the army of volunteers who were out looking for Trevyan was led by members of the autism community.
"The idea and the knowledge that one of our own had gone missing had mobilized something within us that we always knew was there, but fortunately until now, never had to take advantage of."
Tonight's vigil starts at 7 at the Blue Cross Arena.
"The community has just embraced Trevyan and his family over the last four days and we know that we will need a space as large as the Blue Cross Arena to hold the number of people who will be coming out tonight to remember Trevyan," Rosner said.