Hundreds show up for funeral of 4 kids killed in fire
CONYERS, GA (CBS46) -
It was a sad day in Rockdale County on Saturday as four young children were laid to rest after a tragic fire.
Firefighters said the fire Jan. 8 was started by a 6-year-old boy playing with a lighter. That boy made it out, but his four brothers and sisters did not.
Any child's funeral is tough on a community, but this one turned out to be extra hard because it wasn't just one child, it was four, all under the age of 9.
The majority of the people inside the church were family and friends, and that included the victims' mother, who barely survived the fire herself. She suffered severe burns while trying to save her children, but her friends said the injuries are nothing compared to the loss of her kids.
Santana Baker is a close friend of the kids' mother, Reeba Glass. "I can't imagine the pain that Reeba is actually going through," said Baker.
There were also a few strangers in the church. That's because a tragedy like this reaches much further than the family.
"It hit home. It could have been anyone of our children," said one of the local ministers.
Several people spoke about the kids during the funeral including some of the kids' teachers. They described them all to have big smiles, and to give out a lot of hugs. They also talked about their strong connection to each other.
"They pretty much had a close-knit fellowship at their school there and people recognized them for that. They knew they had a special bond amongst themselves," said the minister.
The kids also had a lot of friends outside their own connection.
Maleake Baker was a good friend of Dar'shawn Glass. "I'm really going to miss him," said Baker.
Although tragic and very sad, many people in the crowd left the church with their head held high and with a smile on the face.
"It brought unity into the community. As sad as it is, and as sad as it was for this community, Conyers won't ever be the same again. There is unity in this community," said the minister.
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