Read the full story here. Rivera - who had been living in the area for about four years - later confessed to murdering Tibbetts.
"We are deeply saddened that this bright, young woman's life was cut short", they said.
Illegal alien Cristhian Bahena-Rivera, a 24-year-old from Mexico, has been charged with first-degree murder in her death after police say he admitted to confronting and chasing down Tibbetts, eventually leaving her body in the cornfield. Investigators said Rivera told them he killed Tibbetts after she threatened to call the police if he did not leave her alone.
Richards argued for a gag order in the case and mentioned President Donald Trump, who he described as "sad and sorry Trump".
Jake Tibbetts asked those in attendance to just turn around and talk to a person standing nearby, in memory of what Mollie would have done with her kind heart, calm demeanor and willingness to put others before her.
Authorities say a man in the USA illegally has confessed to kidnapping a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, killing her and dumping her body in a cornfield.
Almost 10 times, people in the video say they've faced a "separation" or been "separated" from their family members ― a clear allusion to the language critics used to describe Trump's since-axed policy of splitting children from their parents as they arrived at the US border.
"Even Geraldo Rivera", Patrick said.
Rivera worked for the last four years at a dairy farm a few miles from where Tibbetts was last seen.
Mollie's brother, Jake Tibbetts, told those in the crowd who didn't know her that they would have loved her.
"You saw what happened to that incredible, lovely woman (Mollie Tibbetts)", he said at a rally in West Virginia. At that point, he realized he had put the woman in the trunk of his auto, and when he took her out, he saw blood on the side of her head, the arrest warrant states. "She took off running". "Should've never happened. Illegally in our country".
Dane Lang, the manager of Yarrabee Farms, says no one noticed anything different about the accused's behaviour following the murder.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a statement saying in part, "As Iowans, we are heartbroken, and we are angry".
Law enforcement identified Rivera as the perpetrator of the homicide after watching home surveillance footage that showed a vehicle following Tibbetts as she jogged.