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Funeral held for 5 children killed in Minn. fire

March 1, 2014
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several hundred community leaders, teachers, friends and family gathered for the funeral of five children killed in north Minneapolis duplex fire on Valentine's Day.

The Star Tribune reports five small white caskets were lined up in the front of Shiloh Temple Church Saturday, as family and friends comforted father Troy Lewis.

Killed were 18-month-old Gwendolyn, 3-year-old Troy, 4-year-old Fannie, 6-year-old Mary and 8-year-old Christopher.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, school Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson and Fire Chief John Fruetel attended as did several faith leaders, the children's teachers, friends and family from around the country.

Lewis and his two other daughters, 9-year-old Shaca and 5-year-old Electra survived. The two girls remain hospitalized but their father said Saturday they are improving.

Investigators still have not determined the fire's cause.


Information from: Star Tribune,



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