LAFAYETTE -- A candlelight celebration of the life of Brett Olson, the 20-year-old Lafayette resident who died on the Sacramento River following a traditional Labor Day inner-tube float, will take place at Acalanes High School, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road in Lafayette.
Also, close friend Juliana de Beccaro said Monday that Olson's memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church in Lafayette.
Olson was a student at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and a 2010 graduate of Acalanes. He had been last seen Sunday on a beach near Hamilton City, following the river float that attracted thousands of young inner-tubers.
"This will be a positive celebration of Brett's life," said Juliana del Beccaro, a longtime friend of Olson who is organizing the vigil, and who presided over a Facebook page, "Let's Bring Brett home".¿ She said Brett's father Michael Olson of Lafayette, other family members and three close friends are among those set to speak.
His body was discovered Sunday morning by people fishing about two miles downstream from the beach where he had last been seen. Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones said Sunday the likely cause of death is drowning.
Brett Olson's parents, Michael and Elizabeth Olson of Lafayette, had been in Chico all week, along with many friends, trying to help look for their son.
The family had offered a $10,000 reward for information that would lead to Brett's safe
The "Let's Bring Brett home" Facebook page by Monday had almost 100,000 members. Brett's parents posted occasional updates on that page during the searches. The search effort had been followed by people all over the United States, mostly on that Facebook page, and del Beccaro said she was happy the dialogue it hosted "kept Brett alive five days longer."
The candlelight celebration/vigil has its own Facebook page, too, set up by del Beccaro.
Those who plan to attend the event are asked to bring their own candles, and they will be lighted at nightfall.
WHEN -- Tuesday, 7 p.m.
WHEN - Acalanes High School, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road, Pleasant Hill. (Bring candles)
FACEBOOK PAGE (event) -- https://www.facebook.com/events/430460400324600/ ("Candle Light Vigil for Brett Olson")
WATCH VIGIL ON STREAMING VIDEO -- https://new.livestream.com/accounts/1259681/events/1347724