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Vigil held for young victims of Christmas Eve fire

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A vigil was held on Friday for the three young victims. A vigil was held on Friday for the three young victims.
VALLEY HEAD, AL (WAFF) -

A vigil was held in Valley Head on Friday to remember three young victims of a fire on Christmas Eve.

Jasmin Mejia, 12, and her brothers Josue, 11, and Rommy, 9, died when the mobile home they were staying in caught fire in Houma, Louisiana. Their mother has since been released from a Louisiana hospital, but their father is still being treated.

A Louisiana fire inspector said the fire started in the living room, possibly from a space heater. The home had no working smoke detectors at the time.

The vigil began at 5 p.m. outside Valley Head School, where the victims were students.

Valley Head sixth grader Brian Rosales said Josue was his best friend, and he misses him greatly. Rosales remembered the last time he saw Josue. "I got off the bus," he said. "He yelled out something, but I never heard what he said."

Friday night's vigil brought many people to the school to reflect on what's happened and the lives of the three children.

The family's pastor came back from Louisiana after visiting the family. He said the father is burned over much of his body and that he was able to save a child, but not his own. The pastor said the goal is to bring the bodies of the three children back to DeKalb County to be buried.

A memorial fund has been set up at Citizen's Bank at Ider, Valley Head and Mentone.

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