Community gathers after missing man found dead

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Family and friends at candle light gathering for Julius Cole Rassin (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dozens of community members gathered this evening after a missing man was found dead. Wilmington Police said a body was pulled from the water at the foot of the Isabel Holmes Bridge Saturday. WPD¬†confirmed it was the body of Julius Cole Rassin.

The discovery comes after he was reported missing a week ago. Now his family and loved ones gathered outside of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wilmington for a candle light gathering to remember the 22-year-old.

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“You’re loved more than you ever knew you were loved, and that we will always love you and we know he’s at peace you know. And that we’re going to be ok. We’re going to be ok. It’ll take time, but you know we love him and everybody does,” family friend Lori Sorensen said.

Sorensen also said they will have a celebration of his life at a later date.