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Family of missing Charlotte teacher refuses to give up hope

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GREENSBORO, NC (WBTV) -

Family and friends of missing teacher Bianca Tanner are not giving up hope.

"Hope is never dwindling" said Bianca's father, Rodney Closs. "No. We won't give up."

Family and friends held a vigil Wednesday night at the reflection pool at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

Tanner graduated from NC A&T and taught school in Greensboro before moving to Charlotte.

The 31-year-old mother was last seen June 7th.

Her boyfriend - Angelo Grayson Smith Junior - told police the two argued, and that Bianca left the Charlotte apartment they shared.

Police don't believe his story.

Her sister Cerise Richardson said "we want it to remain positive. We want it to remain upbeat. We don't want any condolences."

Vigil organizers said the gathering was only about Bianca. There was no talk of her boyfriend or the criminal investigation. Police say it's homicide case and Smith is a person of interest.

But a Pastor at the vigil told the crowd "today we're going to sweep away all fear and anxiety, all worry, all grief. We're going to sweep all that away because today we pray with confidence."

Family and friends don't believe Bianca's return is hopeless.

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