\u201cKind.\u201d \u201cGifted.\u201d \u201cRespectful.\u201d \u201cGood-looking.\u201d \u201cSweet kid.\u201d Those were some of the words offered up to the skies Saturday evening at Walnut Beach as hundreds of family members and friends gathered for a vigil for a missing kayaker. The words spoken out loud were words that described Jet Krumwiede, 21, of Milford, who went missing after kayaking with a friend the weekend before, just as Hurricane Sandy was starting to make her presence known here. The young man\u2019s body was found Monday, two days after the vigil, at the mouth of the Housatonic River in Stratford by Army Corps of Engineer crews who were dredging the river. The Rev. Cynthia Knapp from St. Peter\u2019s Episcopal Church told the huge gathering of people under the Walnut Beach pavilion Saturday that the ceremony this past weekend was not a funeral service because religion teaches people to believe in miracles. She encouraged friends to pray for Krumwiede\u2019s comfort, whether he was still alive or with God. Krumwiede and his friend James Root, 21, took off in kayaks Sunday morning, Oct. 28, at about 8:30 a.m. They paddled out to Charles Island and got into trouble in rough waters on the way back, according to state officials. A Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman said both young men ended up in the water, and Root tried to help his friend. Milford firefighters pulled Root from the water as he clung to a kayak. He was taken to a local hospital and treated for hypothermia, and then released. A massive search began for Krumwiede around 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The Coast Guard called off the search at 6:30 p.m. as Hurricane Sandy picked up speed here, making search conditions dangerous. Family members talked during Saturday\u2019s vigil about the \u201cfree-spirited\u201d young man who loved to work on motorcycles and had recently completed training at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) in Arizona. When he returned home he got a job at Libby\u2019s in New Haven. Krumwiede\u2019s grandfather said his grandson\u2019s life was about challenges: He faced challenges in school, and he created challenges for himself, like when he\u2019d finish fixing up one motorcycle and then set out to get another one and repair it. He said he watched his grandson conquer a different kind of challenge when he performed in his middle school\u2019s production of Bye Bye Birdie. After a fairly serious motorcycle accident several years ago, Krumwiede faced yet another challenge \u2014 recovering from his injuries \u2014 and he did it. His grandfather said that facing challenges may have been part of his ultimate downfall, leading him out in a kayak last weekend to paddle to Charles Island. Krumwiede\u2019s father, Mark, spoke too, pointing out that his son meant the world to him. \u201cHe was a great kid and we\u2019re going to miss him,\u201d Mark said, fighting tears. \u201cI don\u2019t want people who were with him that morning to feel guilty,\u201d Mark added. One friend, who did not want to be named, said it\u2019s hard to describe Krumwiede in words. \u201cYou can\u2019t describe how amazing Jet was in only a few sentences,\u201d she said. \u201cSo many people loved and admired him, and they are asking themselves what they\u2019re going to do now that he\u2019s gone. The only thing that makes any of us feel better is that we\u2019re so happy we got to spend that time with him and that he\u2019ll never really be gone from our hearts and our lives.\u201d Krumwiede\u2019s mother, Virginia, asked all his friends to keep him alive in their spirit. The gathering of people at Saturday\u2019s vigil funneled over a narrow stairway to the beach as the sun set and stood silently as the family placed three wreaths in the water and watched them float away.