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Church offers online memorial to remember Gannon Stauch

Posted at 10:11 AM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 12:12:41-04

An online memorial service will be streamed Friday morning to remember 11-year-old Gannon Stauch.

Restoration Church will hold the online service beginning at 10 a.m. that will be available on Facebook and on the church's website to "remember the sweet, caring, strong boy that stole the heart of a community."

Click here to watch the service.

Gannon was reported missing in January by Letecia Stauch, his stepmother, who said he had gone to a friend's house and did not return home. Weeks later, a body found in Florida was identified as the boy.

Letecia Stauch was arrested on March 2 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as a result of thousands of hours spent in the investigation and searching for Gannon.

The church said friends and family will speak during the eulogy and a special slideshow that Al Stauch, Gannon's father, that he put together for Gannon will play.

The church says it made the decision to only hold the service online due to COVID-19 restrictions. Near the end of March, Gannon's parents said they were holding off on plans for future memorial services until travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic lifted.

At least 1,000 people have said they plan to attend the virtual service.