Funeral held for children killed in duplex fire

MINNEAPOLIS - The lives of five young children killed in a duplex fire on Valentine's Day were celebrated on Saturday in Minneapolis.

The community remembered the children ranging in age from 18 months old to 9-years-old.

About 200 people gathered at the Shiloh Temple Church in Minneapolis.

Family, friends, teachers, community leaders and others shared both their hurt and their hope.

"Our hearts are hurting," one woman said.

The Lewis family had already been dealing with the death of their mother, Kim. While the tragedy still hurts, there was some peace and comfort felt amid the tears.

"It meant to me that I was sending my children home to their mother and to a better place," Troy Lewis said.

Lewis says the two children who did survive the February fire -- Electra and Shaca -- continue to heal both physically and emotionally.

"One of my daughters is in shock, she just don't want to talk about it," Lewis said.

Earlier this week, Troy Lewis released a picture of his two surviving daughters who are still recovering at Hennepin County Medical Center.

He said on Saturday that one of them is requesting McDonald's and the other wants M&Ms.


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