Family and friends pray for missing student's safe return

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Multimedia Journalist - Kathryn DiGisi

CARBONDALE, Ill. - Family and friends gathered on Monday night to pray for the safety of a missing Southern Illinois University student.

19 year-old Pravin Varughese was last seen Wednesday on West Cherry Street in Carbondale, Illinois. His parents, who live in Chicago, traveled to Carbondale to attend the vigil and help with the search.

His sister, Priya Varughese, was also in attendance and urges anyone who knows where her brother might be to come forward.

"Please do not be scared. At a party there was obviously a lot of underage drinking, if they're scared about that just please consider what we're going through and just imagine what it's like to be in our shoes and not knowing where he is," said Varughese.

If you have any information on Varughese's whereabouts, you are asked to call the Carbondale Police Department.

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