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Community gathers to remember 4 killed in Adair County house explosion

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Mitchell Coomer, Lorie Coomer, Kinley Rodgers, & Steven "Aaron" Keltner (Courtesy: Stotts, Phelps, McQueary Funeral Home) Mitchell Coomer, Lorie Coomer, Kinley Rodgers, & Steven "Aaron" Keltner (Courtesy: Stotts, Phelps, McQueary Funeral Home)
Courtesy:Wes Feese The Adair Progress Courtesy:Wes Feese The Adair Progress
Steven "Aaron" Keltner (Courtesy: Family) Steven "Aaron" Keltner (Courtesy: Family)

ADAIR COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Days after four people from one family were killed in a house explosion in Adair County, their lives were celebrated.

A candlelight vigil was held Saturday night at Bearwallow United Methodist Church in Columbia. The four who died were not members of the church, but that didn't stop the pastor and his wife from inviting people in to honor the lives lost.

While there were plenty of tears, there were just as many smiles. The service was not about mourning, it was about celebrating the lives of Mitchell and Lorie Coomer, their one-year-old granddaughter, Kinley Rodgers, and their 32-year-old nephew, Steven "Aaron" Keltner.

All four were killed Tuesday afternoon when something caused the Coomers' home to explode.

"It's a big eye opener. It could happen to anybody," said Aaron's stepdaughter, Hanna Redmon. "Just like Aaron always said, you gotta die someday. You gotta live life to the fullest and I'm gonna die doing what I love."

"He was always smiling and never a dull moment with him," said Debbie Keltner, Aaron's wife. "He's always picking on somebody or doing something."

Family members and the church members say the overwhelming support from the community has made all the difference.

"It's sad to have something like this happen, but it's wonderful when people respond in love," said Pastor Glen LaFond with Bearwallow United Methodist Church.

"None of them were members here, but that's not what it's about," said church member, Mary LaFond. "It's about being there for the people in your community and being there for the people you know and the people you love."

A joint celebration of life will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. CST for all four victims at 3trees Church in Russell Springs.

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