Vigil Planned for Couple Held in Qatar Since Daughter Died


Matt and Grace Huang are seen in a family photo.

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Friends and family of a San Gabriel Valley couple confined in Qatar after the death of their adopted daughter will stage a candlelight vigil Thursday to bring attention to a case that has dragged on for 20 months.

Matt and Grace Huang, who live in Pasadena but traveled to Qatar to help the small country improve its infrastructure before the the 2022 FIFA World Cup games, were arrested, jailed and sentenced to three years in prison after the death of their daughter Gloria, one of their three adopted children.

The couple has appealed the sentence, but are prohibited from leaving the country in the meantime.

Family members said they have invited friends and supporters, including the congregation of the Pasadena church the couple attended before going overseas, to help put pressure on government officials to intervene.

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