Memorial to be held for teacher found dead in French Valley

A memorial candlelight walk will be held, Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park in Winchester for Alfredo “Fredo” Rodriguez, who was found deceased in French Valley. Courtesy photo

WINCHESTER – Family members of a Winchester teacher who was found dead nearly two weeks after he was reported missing will hold a candlelight walk today in his memory.

Alfredo “Fredo” Rodriguez, 45, was found Sunday afternoon near Cottonwood Drive and Washington Street in French Valley. He had last been seen alive around 9:30 a.m. May 2, walking on Cottonwood Street in Winchester, according to his family, who said he disappeared from his home without notifying anyone, leaving his wallet, phone and keys behind.

The Sheriff’s Department has not indicated whether foul play is suspected, nor revealed the cause of death.

Rodriguez’s family will hold a memorial candlelight walk at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park in Winchester. The memorial is open to the public and will include a prayer and a moment of silence.

The family organized and coordinated extensive search efforts via the media and online platforms, circulating Rodriguez’s photograph and disseminating information regarding his disappearance. The discovery of the body Sunday brought the search to an end.

“The family would like to thank you for all the prayers and efforts that have been put into his search,” family members said in a statement released Sunday. “It’s with a heavy heart that we want to inform you that there is no longer a search in progress for Alfredo Rodriguez. He is with the Lord now. At this point, the family asks to please keep them in your prayers and respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

A former teacher at Indio’s Shadow Hills High School and Coachella’s Cahuilla Desert Academy, Rodriguez was recently hired by the Lake Elsinore Unified School District and moved to Winchester last year.

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