Friends hold candles in murder victim's honor

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

About 200 people gathered outside a Midland-area high school to remember a young woman whose death near Mount Pleasant has been linked to an ex-convict. says friends holding candles met Friday night to share memories at Bullock Creek High School, where Rebekah Gay graduated in 2007. Police say an ex-convict who became a pastor confessed to killing her Wednesday and dumping her body in a rural area as part of a sexual fantasy.

John D. White has been charged with first-degree murder in Isabella County. He and Gay lived in separate homes in the same trailer park. White was engaged to Gay's mother and often watched her 3-year-old son while Gay worked.

He was pastor of a tiny congregation at Christ Community Fellowship, west of Mount Pleasant.

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