Naya Rivera’s friends and loved ones are asking fans to pray amid news that she was reported missing following a boat ride with her son, Josey, on Wednesday, July 8. Demi Lovato, who appeared alongside Naya on Glee, shared a photo of a lit candle to Instagram Stories and wrote, “Please pray for @NayaRivera to be found safe and sound.”
Glee actress Heather Morris also posted to Instagram Stories, writing, “We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us. We need your love and light,” while star Harry Shum Jr. tweeted, “Praying.”
Additional friends and costars of Naya’s—including Victoria Justice—also tweeted that they were praying for her safe return:
Praying for Naya ??????
— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) July 9, 2020
Prayers up for the lovely Naya Rivera. ??
We starred alongside one another in her first very television series, The Royal Family, and I’ve watched her career blossom ever since. Please God, don’t cut this life short. pic.twitter.com/8fRDuuh3oK
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) July 9, 2020
absolutely sick to my stomach reading about naya rivera. so glad her son is okay. praying and hoping that they find her! ?
— Colleen Ballinger? (@ColleenB123) July 9, 2020
Show some respect. All our energy is going toward helping find Naya and praying for her safe return and for her family. No one owes anyone online a performance of grief. This is very real and devastating. Focus on Naya and her family. Not us. We don’t matter right now.
— Amber Patrice Riley (@MsAmberPRiley) July 12, 2020
I cannot begin to understand what Naya’s family must be feeling. I know the rest of us are completely shattered, but not without hope. Please respect her family & their privacy in this moment. Please refrain from judging those who don’t show their pain on social media. ♥️ https://t.co/DXsUj3qdCh
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) July 12, 2020
According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Naya rented a motorized boat for a three-hour ride on Lake Piru. “[They] found her boat adrift with Naya’s 4-year-old son asleep on the boat and Naya was nowhere to be found,” the department said in a statement. “This is an active investigation. It is believed that Naya and her son were swimming in the lake near the boat and as they were getting back into the boat, her son made it into the boat and Naya went underwater and did not resurface.”
A “large-scale search and rescue operation” was conducted. On Monday, July 13, the sheriff’s department said they located a body, but did not make it clear if it is Naya.
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