Tyrtira Julius (Linden Police)

LINDEN — Nearly a week after Tyrita R. Julius disappeared, friends held a vigil, praying for her safe return as authorities posted a reward for information about her whereabouts.

Union County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment, as well as for any tips about where the 41-year-old mother may be.

Julius was last seen on Thursday, March 10 at the Long Branch train station after visiting with a friend.

She had been recovering from being shot shot eight times last fall as she sat in her car with her daughter.

A man with a partially covered face fired at Julius’ car after speaking with her 15-year-old daughter, who was grazed by a bullet, according to NJ Advance Media. Police have not made any arrests in that case and friends are concerned there may be a connection. Police told ABC 7, however, the cases are unrelated.

Friends and family of Julius came together at the First Baptist Church on Wednesday night according to ABC 7 to sing and pray for Julius' safe return.

"People are in pain, and its difficult being in pain, but God can help us, even in this situation of heartache and despair," Pastor Derrick Dumas told the television station.

Tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477), via text message by texting “UCTIP” plus a message to 274637, or online at uctip.org.

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