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Whitney Heichel's family hosting open house at church

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GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

Whitney Heichel's family is hosting an open house one week after police announced her body had been found and a man was arrested on murder charges.

The open house is from noon to 5 p.m. Friday at the Salquist Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 5127 S.E. Salquist Rd., Gresham.

The event announcement was released by family spokesman Jim Vaughn Tuesday.

"Whitney Heichel's family would like to invite all in our community who have shown their love and support for Whitney," the announcement said.

Heichel's family released a statement Saturday, but has not spoken publicly since a press conference last week. At that time her husband Clint Heichel broke down in tears, while her mother said the 21-year-old woman had a heart as big as the sun.

At that time police were investigating the case as a suspicious disappearance.

That changed Friday night, when police announced Whitney Heichel's body was found on Larch Mountain. Jonathan Holt was arrested Friday on aggravated murder charges.

A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office probable cause document said Holt admitted to police that on Oct. 16 he waited outside Heichel's Gresham apartment and asked her for a ride. Deputies said he then pulled a gun on her, forced her to perform a sex act on him and then shot and killed her.

Holt made his first court appearance Monday afternoon. He was arraigned on those charges and is behind bars without bail.

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for Oct. 26.

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