So many grief-stricken people have been praying for the safe return of Naya Rivera — among them is her childhood friend and her first boyfriend, Tahj Mowry.
This week, fans of the Glee actress were left inconsolable when they discovered that she went missing during a trip with her son at Lake Piru in California.
A team of divers has been searching the lake, hoping to find Rivera.
As the authorities march on with drones and the search efforts, a long list of celebrities posted either on Instagram or Facebook asking their followers to keep Rivera and her family in their prayers.
Mowry shared a beautiful photo of Rivera that was accompanied by a heartsick message.
The actor is the brother of famous twins Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley.
Mowry, who starred in Smart Guy and Sister, Sister, penned this heartwrenching tribute to Rivera, and revealed that they had a romantic relationship, they were childhood friends, and she is irreplaceable.
His devasting post read in part: “We grew up together. We became adults together. We experienced so many firsts together. You were my first experience with everything; love, intimacy, heartbreak. We broke each others hearts and then mended them back together…more than once. I will never not think of you. No woman has ever measured up what you gave me or how you made me feel. I’ve never liked to admit it but I have never stopped loving you. A part of me always wished for the day where God would bring us back together to be what we dreamt we could have been. ”
Social media users rushed to send positive thoughts and prayers.
A supporter wrote this message of hope: “There is never enough time to say what you want to say.. you just have to say it… I’m so sorry… I am praying all day every day. ❤️”
A second kind note revealed: “He is so sweet and heartwrenching. I hope she is found safely… I went to high school with Naya, and she was nothing but amazingly sweet. My thoughts are with her family and friends during all this heartache.🤧😔❤”
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My sweet Naya – to say that I am devastated would be an understatement. This is a nightmare. Everyday gets harder. However, I am holding onto hope that you will be found. We grew up together. We became adults together. We experienced so many firsts together. You were my first experience with everything; love, intimacy, heartbreak. We broke each others hearts and then mended them back together…more than once. I will never not think of you. No woman has ever measured up what you gave me or how you made me feel. I’ve never liked to admit it but I have never stopped loving you. A part of me always wished for the day where God would bring us back together to be what we dreamt we could have been. I pray deeply for the Rivera family and that God blankets them with strength, peace, and love right now. Mychal and Nickayla – you will always be like younger siblings to me and I love you dearly. I watched you two grow up into beautiful adults. George and Yolanda – whatever you need I am here for you. We are forever family and I love you. I ask everyone reading this to please lift up, along with the entire Rivera family, Ryan and Josey in prayer and to respect what they are going through during this time. I pray that God showers the entire family with strength and peace that only He can give. I still have faith. I still have hope. Let’s please all pray that she is found and brought home safely. Naya, I miss you deeply. I wish I got the chance to tell you that once more but I’m believing I will get that chance. I know deep down you’ve always known how I felt. I look forward to the day where I can see your beautiful face once more and tell you everything I’ve wanted to say that I didn’t get the chance to say. I love you forever. I always have and I always will. ♥️
An Instagrammer reached out to Mowry by saying: “😭😭😭😭Beautiful. May we all have the courage to choose love despite obstacles and never end with regret. This is a very hard pill to swallow, and it doesn’t heal easily or quickly. I know this feeling all too well. May God bring peace to your heart and her family. Truly Hoping she is found.”
Another supporter shared an uplifting prayer that contained: “This just broke me. Sending so many prayers up for everyone involved in this situation and all of her fans. I grew up watching her on Glee and have always been inspired by her. God, please help us get through this.”
Rivera also dated rapper Big Sean.