It’s been almost a month since we first heard about the Lake Piru nightmare, but it feels just like yesterday. Over the weekend, fans near and far united to honor the late star, in the form of one uplifting vigil. Here’s everything you need to know…
It all started when @chanelinblack, a devoted Naya Rivera fan-page, tweeted about her beautiful plans to honor the late actress: a “celebration of life,” as she put it. Of course, it was only a matter of time before the Twitter world caught wind of the uplifting event.
Naya Rivera Fan Vigil Programing. This is the only fan vigil organized by @NAYAarmy & I. If you are attending please read carefully, we want to keep everyone well & safe! Masks required. #nayariviera #nayasfanvigil #naya pic.twitter.com/ktFvN6KDYh— 🦋 (@chanelinblack) July 21, 2020
“Welcome to a celebration of life for Naya Rivera,” the post read. “Fans all around the world [will] celebrate her life, legacy, and express their unconditional love.”
And so, that’s exactly what they did. On Saturday, August 1st, there was not a dry eye in the room, as fans gathered at 4780 Piru Canyon Road – otherwise known as Lake Piru – to say their goodbyes to the beloved star.
Of course, the lake was a sight to be seen.
With hundreds of colorful flowers, beautiful pictures, and heartbreaking messages plastered throughout the venue, fans took turns as they exchanged personal memories of their late idol.
But while the tone of the tribute may have started out somber, it definitely didn’t end that way. “We would like to end the evening celebrating our Naya!” @chanelinblack explained. So, what did they do?
From jamming out to their favorite Naya tunes, to raising a glass in Rivera’s honor, one thing’s for sure: the 33-year-old star might have been taken from this world too soon, but her legacy will live on forever.