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Dozens gather at vigil for West Jordan woman found dead in Ogden Canyon

Posted at 10:21 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 00:21:18-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah — Dozens and dozens of people showed up to honor the life of a West Jordan woman Friday evening after her body was found in Ogden Canyon earlier this week.

Police consider the death of Lopine "Chynna" Toilolo suspicious.

It's been a long time since anyone has gathered in a large group, but for the people who loved Chynna, they couldn't imagine not coming together for her.

"For those who knew Chynna, they knew that she never liked being alone," said Ioelu Toilolo, one of Chynna's first cousins.

Her family and friends can't go through her death alone, either.

The 30-year-old disappeared nearly a week ago. Two days later, her body was found in Ogden Canyon.

"Our family, we just have a lot of questions," Ioelu said. "There's a lot of emotions that we never thought that we would feel. At the end of the day, my cousin was found in a canyon all by herself. I can't imagine how her last moments were."

No one knows yet how Chynna died, or how she ended up near the Ogden River.

Though, her family has their suspicions. Chynna was last seen at her ex-boyfriend's townhouse in Pleasant View.

"Deep in our hearts, we know who did it," Ioelu said.

But until the Weber County Sheriff's Office can sort that out, everyone gathered in person to remember and honor Chynna's life.

"Chynna was an older sister to us all," said Katelyn Toilolo, one of Chynna's close cousins. "She was such a loving person. Wasn't really judgmental at all, because she had a big heart."

Everyone also gathered in person to grieve, and spread awareness.

"Losing a loved one is never easy, but losing a loved one like this... it hits different," Ioelu said. "We just hope that Chynna can feel the love, and we hope that we can spread awareness to people who are in relationships that involve domestic violence."

Most of all, everyone gathered in person to send Chynna a message.

"We're all here for her," Katelyn said. "That we love her."

"I just want Chynna to know that, we love you and we miss you," Ioelu said. "But we're going to celebrate the 30 years that we were blessed with, and we're going to go out with a bang. And we're not going to stop fighting until justice is served."

A fundraising account has been set up to help the Toilolo family during this time. You can find it here.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can seek help and connect with resources by calling the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition free, confidential, 24/7 hotline at 1-800-897-LINK, or click here for more information.