Candlelight vigil honors memory of Montecito mudslide victims

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Hundreds of people gathered by candlelight in Santa Barbara to mourn the loss of life suffered in the mudslides that overwhelmed Montecito. (KABC)

Hundreds of people gathered by candlelight in Santa Barbara to mourn the loss of life suffered in the mudslides that overwhelmed Montecito.

The death toll in the mudslides now stands at 20, with four more people still listed as missing.

"Just overwhelming," said Debbie Marman of Montecito, who attended the vigil. "The stories just bring tears to my eyes - to think what these people have lost within a moment's time. And to be searching. It's just horrible."

The victims were mourned in the vigil at the Santa Barbara County courthouse even as the massive cleanup efforts proceed. The 101 Freeway through part of Santa Barbara County remains closed as crews work to remove the massive piles of mud and debris that overwhelmed the roadway.

Firefighters are still going door-to-door to check on the structural integrity of damaged homes.

The name of a 20th victim was released Sunday. The body of Pinit Sutthithepa - known as "Peanut" to friends - was found Saturday afternoon. His 2-year-old daughter, Lydia, is among the four people who are still missing. His 6-year-old son, Peerawat, and his 79-year-old father-in-law, Richard Loring Taylor, also died in the mudslides.

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