Family remembers Naya Rivera in a touching tribute

In what marked their first public statement, the actress is remembered by her loved ones for her magnetic spirit witnessed both in front of and behind the camera. "We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for Naya, Josey and our family over the past week," the statement, released by Rivera's manager to Deadline, read. "While we grieve the loss of our beautiful legend, we are blessed to honour her everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit. Naya was an amazing talent, but was an even greater person, mother, daughter and sister." On July 14, Rivera's body was recovered from the Southern California Lake; she went missing from five days prior while boating with her four-year-old on. Rivera's family also expressed their gratitude to the law enforcement personnel who worked to bring her home. "Heaven gained our sassy angel," the family concluded. "We request that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time." Rivera's Glee co-stars have paid tribute to the star on social media, and the series creators announced they would establish a college fund for her son.