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KIRA TREVINO: Closure, grief for family after body recovered

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With the body of Kira Trevino finally found and recovered from the Mississippi River in St. Paul, her family and friends are starting to find closure as they grieve the now-final loss.

Trevino was last seen alive on Feb. 21 and was reported missing three days later. On Feb. 28th, her husband, 39-year-old Jeffery Trevino, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The months-long search has now ended, but a new stage of mourning has begun as family members and friends say their final goodbyes.

Theresa Sylvester and Jazmine McLaughlin told FOX 9 News they will always remember Trevino as full of life and love, a woman who was not afraid to dance.

"She was the most amazing person I ever knew," McLaughlin told FOX 9 News. "She knew how to love people in the most selfless way possible."

Sylvester, who lives just a block away from the Trevinos home, said she had come to know her neighbor as a sister.

"Every day when I pass the house, I blow kisses, say a small prayer to myself and keep going," Sylvester said.

Although they welcome the closure of knowing Trevino's body has been located and can be laid to rest, both said the feeling of loss is still strong.

"It's closure because it's better than wondering, but it's really hard," McLaughlin said.

For Jay and Marcie Steger, that's especially true. For the last 24 hours, they've been struggling to process that their daughter is truly gone. From the family home in Wausau, Wis.,Marcie Steger spoke with FOX 9 News by phone about what it means to know they can finally bring their daughter home.

"It's what I've been praying for," she said. "It's what occupied much of my mind every moment of the every day."

Now that she knows her daughter has been found, Steger said she finally has some peace.

"It definitely can help with the next stage of what's going to be a long journey," Steger said. "I don't have to wonder where she is anymore. I know where she is now."

Trevino's parents also told FOX 9 they wanted to thank everyone who searched for their daughter during the months she was missing.

In fact, Trevino's cousin, Mike Teige, said he believes she would not have been found if it weren't for those volunteer efforts. What's more, he said he believes the recovery of Trevino's body could be key in convicting her husband in her murder.

"I am happier than anything that they have the body because I want that guy's goose cooked, and I believe this will cook it," he said.

Her loved ones say they will continue to remember Trevino by her infectious smile and unconditional friendship, and they look forward to the next time they'll be with her.

"She's always going to be with me, so I guess you can call that peace," Sylvester said. "I think of it as a vacation. She's on a long vacation and one day, I will go on that vacation and see her again."

Trevino's family and friends say they also hope and pray that the other two missing women in the Twin Cities are found soon so that their families can also find peace, and they hope to participate in future searches.

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