Hispanics United for Perry (HUP) has decided to postpone the ¡Viva Perry! Latino Festival 2018 that was scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25.

The murder of Mollie Tibbetts and subsequent arrest have shocked and saddened all Iowans. HUP, along with the Iowa City Latino Festival, has decided to cancel their planned Aug. 25 Latino Fest out of respect to Mollie’s family and friends.

In making this decision, we considered all the work that went into planning and promoting that has already occurred. We apologize for any inconvenience to all who made plans to attend the festival. It is hard to cancel a joyous event celebrating the Latino heritage of many of Perry’s residents.

It has not been decided if, and when, the Latino Festival will be rescheduled.