• How you can help: Family shares memories of children killed in fatal fire

    By: Chloe Morroni

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    FOX13 is told the six children who died in Monday morning's fire loved life just like your typical children. The littler ones always played out in the yard and rode their bikes, while the oldest sister was focusing on her studies.

    The one survivor, who loved playing football, is clinging to life, and family and friends are just trying to cope.

    Veronica Trammell was brought to her knees by unbearable pain after losing nine people who meant so much.

    "I thought it was a dream until I got here," she said. "My daughter, my grand baby, step-grandkids... gone."

    Veronica's daughter, Lakesha, lived in the now burned out South Memphis home with her son Alonzo, Lakesha's boyfriend, and some of his children. Even though they were not Lakesha's biological kids, she cared for them like her own.

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    "I know she was trying to save them, because I know that's her first thought," Veronica said. "That's everything she thinks about... is her child and the other kids before herself."

    The oldest,16-year-old Angel, had big plans for the future. "She did school work getting ready to graduate, go to college," Veronica said. 

    Her younger siblings, Ernest, Diamond, Kierra and Precious-Rose never even had a chance at life. 8-year-old Cameron is the only survivor, and family said it does not look good.

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    "He's a fighter," Veronica shared. "He always finishes. I'm hoping and praying he survives."

    The kids grandmother, E-loise Luttrell, and family friend, Carol Collier, also lived and died in that house.

    Carol's brother said her loss hits hard. "It just really hasn't sunk in yet... just a tragedy, "Leander Collier, Jr. said. 

    Family and friends are now left trying to figure out how to move forward. "I just need everyone to pray for this family," family friend, Felecia Wallace said. 

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    There is one thing Veronica said gives her some comfort. She believes her daughter and grandbaby are now in a better place. "It's going to kill me, but at least I know he is with her, and she did everything."

    A fund has been set up through the Helping Hands Foundation to raise money to bury the children. You can go to any Regions Bank and just say you would like to donate to the family.

    There has also been a Go Fund Me account set up to help the family. To donate, click the link below. 

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