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Vigils held for slain Waterbury woman, body found in Wolcott woods

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Friends and family of slain Waterbury woman, Janet Avalo-Alvarez, held vigils for her Wednesday.

Related: Body found in Wolcott identified as missing Waterbury woman, death ruled homicide

Wedesday afternoon, before Police made a formal announcement about Avalo-Alvarez’s death, friends and neighbors held a vigil for her at La Guakara Taina, the club she co-owned with her boyfriend.

WEB EXTRA: Friends of Janet gather at La Guakara Taina nightclub ahead of police announcement about identification of body found in Wolcott

RELATED: Police have named Waterbury man as person of interest in his girlfriend, business partner’s disappearance

After police confirmed that the body found in a wooded area on Wolcott Road was Avalo-Alvarez, friends and loved ones gathered for a candle light vigil outside La Guakara Taina.

WEB EXTRA: Friends and loved ones hold candlelight vigil to honor and remember Janet

Avalo-Alvarez had been missing just about a week when police found her body.

Waterbury residents coming out to show support and condolences to Avalo-Alvarez’s family.

The prime suspect in the homicide case is the victim’s boyfriend, Alfredo Peguero Gomez. Police know he has left the state, but are still searching for his exact whereabouts.

This, angering people seeking justice for Janet.

“We still got to find him,” Leysha Estrada, Janet’s friend told News 8. “He’s still got to answer questions.”

Estrada says that the couple was known to argue, but it never go physical to her knowledge.

Police reiterating that sentiment, confirming that they do not have any record of domestic violence investigations for either Avalo-Alvarez or Gomez and that Gomez has no prior record to their knowledge.

As dozens of mourners gathered Wednesday night to remember Janet, friends wanting the world to know how special she was.

“She was a happy person,” Janet’s friend Jennifer Alcantara told News 8. “She was always happy.”

Another friend saying that those who knew Janet are going through a lot of pain and that the family does not deserve this pain.

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