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Family, friends, firefighters gather to remember the arson that killed 3 children a year ago

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Three children killed from arson are remembered one year after they died.

Mud and grass and a warning to intruders - that's all that's left of 335 Ealy Street.

"The pain is still fresh," said Marie Clark, the grandmother of the children who died. "I can't believe it's already been a year."

The property, and its occupants were the target of an arson one year ago.

Taizah, Tyrese and Trinity Hughes were killed when then 18-year-old Cody Cashion fired a flare gun into the home.

"It wasn't an accident. It was done intentionally," said Maj. Matt Bowyer, Battalion Chief for New Albany Fire. "And they didn't have to die."

Sunday, unfamiliar hands joined at the empty lot for prayer and remembrance.

As the only living sibling, Taty'Ana Hughes looked for strength in the hands of the men that rescued her.

"I told her I couldn't go unless she went," Bowyer said, recalling that night.

Members of the New Albany Fire Department say the arson is one that will stick with them forever.

"That stuff never goes away," Bowyer said. "It doesn't for me. And I can tell you pretty much every place I've been and seen things like that, I can still see their faces. You just don't forget things like that."

While Clark says she'll never forget the bravery shown by each of the responding fire fighters.

"I was told by one that they felt like failures because they couldn't save the other three," she said. I don't agree ... I very well could have lost all four of my grandbabies this day." 

And as emotional as the anniversary is, family says its made easier with the community by their side.

"When you know you're not alone in you're pain, that helps to know that someone else can feel your pain or someone else is hurting along with you," Clark said.

Cody Cashion was sentenced to 65 years on each murder charge along with 50 years for an arson charge. 

Two others, Shelby Makowsky and Kylie Jenks, are also serving time for their involvement.

The case against the fourth suspect, a juvenile, has been settled. 

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