Community mourns Austin mom found dead near Houston in vigil Monday night

Community members mourn the loss of Heidi Broussard at a vigil in Austin on Dec. 23, 2019. (NBC News via KXAN, KPRC)

AUSTIN – The Austin community gathered Monday evening to remember Heidi Broussard, the young mother whose body was found in the trunk of a car in the Houston area last week.

Eric Bryant from Gateway Church guided prayer at Garrison Park Monday evening at 6 p.m. Mourners held candles and sang songs in Heidi’s remembrance. Bryant asked attendees to pray for Broussard, her baby and her family and friends.

The group said they expect to organize a few more vigils for Broussard in the coming weeks.

Broussard’s body was found Thursday at a home near Jersey Village after she and her newborn baby, Margot Carey, were reported missing Dec. 12. The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Officer said that Broussard, who lived in Austin, died from ligature strangulation.

The baby was found alive and well and had been placed in the custody of Child Protective Services, according to Austin police Chief Brian Manley.

A “close friend” of Broussard, Magen Fieramusca, 33, was arrested and charged with two counts of kidnapping and tampering with evidence. Austin police would not confirm the identity of the person take into custody in order to protect the integrity of the investigation. But the court records of Fieramusca matches the information provided by the police.

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