Hundreds mourn Vancouver man at vigil

first_imgCandles lit up the end of Northeast Leverich Park Way on Saturday night as hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to James “Jimmy” Rennells, who was found dead in the area, nearly a week after he went missing.Friends, family, acquaintances and even people who didn’t know the 41-year-old Vancouver man attended the candlelight vigil to support one another.Searchers found Rennells’ body in the Leverich Park area Wednesday, by a creek near the Ellen Davis Trail.“I just don’t understand it,” Rennells’ father, Dan Rennells, said in an interview. “There was no reason for him to be out here that we can conceive.”James Rennells called family shortly before 10 p.m. Dec. 22 to say he was on his way home from work, but he never made it home.His father said it appears he died of hypothermia, though an official cause and manner of death has not yet been released by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. Dan Rennells said the toxicology results will likely take weeks.The Vancouver Police Department has not released any additional information and said the investigation is ongoing.James Rennells’ sister, Janice Rennells, said she wanted to bring everyone together to let her brother know he is loved.“He was my best friend,” she said through sobs as she hugged her niece, Kristen Belisle.Belisle, 30, of Kelso described her uncle as wild at heart and a free soul.“We are devastated, absolutely devastated. It’s such a tragedy,” she said. “I mean, look at all of these people. He touched all of these people.”last_img