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Vigil honors children killed in New Albany house fire

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Gathered together in the bitter cold, the temperatures were the last thing that anyone was thinking about Thursday night.  

"It's a sad tragedy that we're here for this reason," said family friend Ramona Yates.

Friends and family stopped to remember three New Albany children killed in a house fire over the weekend.

First, they described 6-year-old Tai'zah: "If you know Tai'zah, she didn't meet no stranger," Yates said.

Then, they spoke about 4-year-old Tyrese: "He was the man of the house. That was our only boy," said Krystal Hughes, the victims' aunt.  

They also remembered 2-year-old Trinity: "She ran your house, my house, any house she went in. She didn't care. She was born that way," Yates said.

The three children died in a house fire over the weekend after their mother, Teresa Hughes, took them to a friend's house to do laundry.

A space heater caught items nearby on fire, as the children slept. 5-year-old  Taty'Ana Hughes was the only child to survive.

"She's doing better. She's pulling through. She's pulling through. Way better than we expected," Krystal Hughes said.

As friends and family continue to support Taty'Ana, they wanted to find a way to remember the other three children.

The front porch of the apartment where the children lived is now covered with candles, stuffed animals, and flowers.

"I just want to be where I know they would be if they was here, so try to feel their presence a little bit," said Krystal Hughes.

The family says what they have gone through is unimaginable.

"I would give anything to hear them call my name at least one more time," Krystal Hughes said.

Standing in front of this apartment, hand in hand, they simply want to spread the message -- to never forget.

"Hug your babies first of all. Hug them tight. Tell them you love them," Yates said.

"It's a big change in our life and we have to try to cope with it, but just know that we appreciate everything and everybody. We might not be able to say it individually, but thank you all so much," Krystal Hughes said.

Taty'Ana Hughes is still recovering at an Indianapolis hospital with serious burns.

A fund has been set up at Fifth Third Bank to help pay for funeral expenses, and also medical costs for Taty'Ana. Donations should be made to Dawn Marie Clark, 40216.

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