UPDATE: Swartz Creek community gathers to celebrate Kevin Bacon's life

 The vigil was held at Swartz Creek High School. (Source: WILX)
The vigil was held at Swartz Creek High School. (Source: WILX) (WILX)
Published: Jan. 2, 2020 at 7:35 PM EST
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The Swartz Creek community, along with people from across the state, gathered to celebrate the life of Kevin Bacon, who was found dead last weekend.

His funeral was held at 11 a.m. Friday and a candlelight vigil was held at Bacon's Alma Mater, Swartz Creek High School, at 7 p.m.

Morrice area-resident Mark Latunski, 50, has been accused of killing Bacon and has been charged with open murder and mutilation of a body. He claimed he was not Mark Latunski in court on

Bacon's body was found in Latunksi's home in Bennington Township on Dec. 28. Police do believe he carried out the murder alone.

"There are no additional suspects. We would've spoken to the former husband, we would've spoken to neighbors, we would've spoken to anybody that had knowledge of Mr. Latunski," Lieutenant David Kaiser, of Michigan State Police, said.

He is behind bars facing murder charges.

Melissa Myers, Bacon's roommate, said Bacon went to meet Latunski on Christmas Eve after they got in contact through a dating app. He was reported missing the next day when he didn't come home for Christmas.

Police have not released any details on how Bacon was killed, how his body was discovered, or his relationship with the suspect. His parents say they're still trying to process it all.

"Numb all over, sick to my stomach, and I just want him punished for everything that he did," Pam Bacon, his mom, said.

Investigators say Bacon's vehicle was found on Thursday in Clayton Township near his home.

Bacon's family sent a word of warning to anyone who is meeting up with strangers through dating apps.

"Just make sure that you tell somebody who you're going to be with; where you're going to be at. That was our biggest obstacle, in this case, is Kevin didn't tell us where he was going," his father said.

Latunski was charged with kidnapping back in 2013, but the charges were dismissed after several competency issues.

Latunski is expected to be back in court on Jan. 8.

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