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Prayer vigil held for missing teen Avonte Oquendo

LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens (PIX11) — It’s been almost a month and still no sign of Avonte Oquendo.

Sunday night, a prayer vigil was held for the teen with autism, holding out hope that he will be found alive and well.

Dozens of volunteers and neighbors joined the family in Long Island City, praying for the 14-year-old’s safe return.

He walked out of his school more than three weeks ago and hasn’t been seen since.

The NYPD continues to comb the city along with his parents. The family believes Avonte will be found alive.

Commissioner Ray Kelly apologized to the family Saturday, after voicing doubts the teen was still alive.

Meanwhile, the family is no longer accepting donations toward the reward, now at $95,000. They fear someone could be holding Avonte waiting for the reward money to increase.

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