DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Three DeKalb County children who died in a mobile home fire on Christmas Day in Louisiana were laid to rest Thursday.
The family held a public viewing for 12-year-old Roxana Jasmine Bravo Mejia and her brothers, 11-year-old Josue Mejia Bravo and 9-year-old Rommy Manuel Mejia Bravo.
All three children died when the mobile home they were staying in caught fire in Houma, Louisiana. Their parents both suffered injuries during the fire but will survive.
Investigators said the home didn't have any working smoke detectors at the time. They believe a space heater started the fire.
Many people spoke at Thursday's service at the Valley Head School gymnasium, including pastors, spiritual leaders and school officials who all praised the parents on how well they raised their children.
One speaker in particular could relate to the family's tragedy. Former pro footballer and University of Alabama standout Siran Stacy lost his wife and four children in a car crash six years ago. He gave a powerful testimony Thursday, telling the family to trust in God.
"That's what Jesus tells us to do - to love each other. I'm here because I love this family. I don't know them, but I love them and I know what they're walking through, the father particularly," Stacy said.
Stacy said he came to meet the distraught family and do what he could to let them know there is life after death.
"I wanted [the father] to look at me, a person that had lost his wife and four of his children, that was still standing, that was alive, that had life," he said.
Stacy said it will take time, but urged the community to stand by the family because they will need it.
The children were buried at Rainsville Memorial Park following the service. Extra counselors will be on hand Monday when classes resume for students who are still struggling with the loss of their classmates.
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