SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A candlelight vigil was held for Cleat Knight, the man who’s body was found near Snowbasin resort last week.
With his rap music blaring in the background, dozens said goodbye to their friend and loved one Cleat Knight.
Knight’s brother-in-law Mark Flowers told ABC 4 Utah, “I know Cleat has touched so many people. This is his music playing in the background. He was a rap artist.”
“All of his friends and loved ones, everybody has got together and wanted to do this for my little brother because he is an amazing man,” said his sister Kelly Flowers.
Knight went missing November 23rd. Several weeks later on January 6th, acting on a tip, police found his body. Shortly thereafter Christopher Leech, Theron Myore, Viliamu Seumanu, and Tina Soules were arrested on charges of aggravated kidnapping and murder.
Tuesday the foursome appeared in court for the first time. Knight’s mother was there for the hearing when Leech walked into court.
“He’s a cold person,” said Carol Knight. “It shows in his face and I can’t believe he actually looked our way and gave us a grin like he knew who we were. How could anybody do that?”
Knight’s mother acknowledges her son’s criminal past. Police say he was reportedly killed over a drug debt, but his mother says he was a peacemaker who always tried to make a bad situation better.
“That’s how Cleat was,” explained Knight. “He was a peacemaker. He done made some bad choices but he never hurt anybody.”
Cleat’s family is now working to forgive those who took their loved one away from them.
Flower told ABC 4 Utah, “I’m not putting no blame on anybody because I know my brother is in the hands of God right now and they’re going to have to live with this for the rest of their lives.”