A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in memory of Brandon Harward, the 32-year-old Tyler man believed to be found dead on Friday.
The vigil will take place at the Arbor Creek Apartments, 2400 Shiloh Road, and everyone is welcome to attend. Those who come are asked to bring a candle to hold.
“ We would really love to have the opportunity to thank everyone who joined in the search effort for Brandon,” his brother Blake Harward said on a Facebook post. “… If you prayed for Brandon, joined in the search effort, or just followed the story; we would like to thank you.”
Brandon went missing on Oct. 23, his 32nd birthday. Although the Tyler Police Department is waiting for preliminary autopsy results before releasing the identity of the body found Friday, Brandon’s family members have confirmed they believe it to be him in part because of the watch found on him and the clothes he was wearing.
When Brandon went missing, his mother said he was in a breakdown mode.
He was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, which is an autism spectrum disorder, and also struggled with severe anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia, according to a GoFundMe page created by his brother.
“ He was also one of the most caring people with such good intentions,” Blake Harward wrote in the post.
Brandon moved to Tyler earlier this year to be closer to some of his family, including his mother. He worked for a time at Walmart on Troup Highway.
Brandon’s family is raising money for a memorial and to transport his body back to Utah. Donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/brandonharwardmemorial.