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“I am gutted by the loss of my friend and colleague, Halyna. She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for every inch and always pushed me to be better,” Souza said in a statement.
Security guards were posted at the road leading to the ranch on Saturday.
No charges have been filed in the case.
The International Cinematographers Guild planned to hold a candlelight vigil for Hutchins, 42, on Saturday evening in Albuquerque, about 40 miles (64 km) from the ranch. A second vigil was scheduled for Sunday in the Los Angeles area.
The American Film Institute set up a scholarship fund for female cinematographers in Hutchins’ honor.
According to multiple media reports and accounts on social media, some of the crew on “Rust” had walked off the job citing concerns about safety prior to Thursday’s shooting.
Rust Movie Productions said in a statement on Friday it was investigating the incident.