Close friends and family gathered for the somber event at Reagan Park, where they joined hands and shared prayers out loud

By Rose Minutaglio
June 14, 2017 12:17 PM

A vigil for Brandy Mosley, who was swept into the ocean after saving her son from rough waves on Monday, was held in her Palentine, Texas, hometown on Tuesday evening.

Close friends and family gathered for the somber event at Reagan Park, where they joined hands and shared prayers, reports CBS19.

The 33-year-old salon owner was with friends and family at Galveston’s Crystal Beach when she went missing around 1:30 p.m. on Monday. She disappeared in the “rough, large” waves after saving her son, officials tell PEOPLE.

“He lost his footing and was having trouble regaining his footing,” Maj. Douglas Hudson of the Galveston Sheriff’s Office tells PEOPLE. “She saw him in distress and retrieved him.”

Mosley grabbed her son and passed him to another adult. But when that person turned back to speak with the mother, she was gone.

“We’re not sure if it was an undercurrent or riptide that grabbed hold of her or if she was knocked down by another wave,” says Hudson. “We don’t have a witness, all we know is she went under and never resurfaced.”

A body with similar tattoos and clothing to Mosley was discovered by authorities about two miles from where she disappeared on Monday. On Wednesday, the Galveston Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed to PEOPLE that fingerprints on that body matched Mosley’s prints.

Her cause of death has not yet been released, but John “D.J.” Florence, chief investigator for the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office, tells PEOPLE she likely drowned.

Credit: Source: Brandy Mosley/Facebook

Mosley is remembered by loved ones as a devoted mother, savvy businesswoman and fierce friend.

“It’s heartbreaking,” longtime friend Sarah Lee told the Palestine Herald. “I met Brandy several years ago and we immediately clicked. She is so funny. We would laugh until we cried.”

“Brandy was a wonderful friend,” Kori Wells, another close friend, told the publication. “That she would give her life to save a child speaks volumes of her character.”