Hundreds attend vigil in support of family killed in fire
Amy Miller, 31, and her two children, Isaiah and Lily, died in a house fire on Friday, Feb. 23. Since then, friends and family have experienced overwhelming support from the community.
A YouCaring page created to help the family with travel and funeral costs has nearly generated the total amount of funds asked for.
The support for the family continued on Thursday night during a candlelight vigil at Fairview Elementary. What was thought to be a few dozen people turned into hundreds.
"This was an amazing even with these cold temperatures," Family member Ron Powers said. "At first, when we walked in, we thought it was just us. Then we turned the corner and we saw all these people. It's fantastic that everyone came out to support this."
Because of the cold temperatures, the family tried to keep the vigil short. Many people stayed to share their condolences, sing songs and recap memories of Amy, Isaiah and Lily.
"They were family, doesn't matter what walk of life you came from," friend Karina Liranzo said. "Amy made you feel like family. To walk away from this event feels like you're walking away from family and not one of us is ready to do that yet."
Many members of the family flew into Anchorage from out of state.
"These people are great," Powers said. "I'm not from here and a lot of my family members aren't but we feel like we are from Anchorage. We're really thankful, it's been wonderful."
"It's the most difficult thing we've ever gone through," Family member Natalie Forbis said. "The support you've showed us is amazing."
Students at Fairview Elementary, where Isaiah attended kindergarten, made a special memorial for him. Isaiah's favorite color is green and the school is planning on painting his classroom green. This spring, the school is also planning on setting up a green swing on the playground in his honor.
Evening visitation with family at Janssen Evergreen will be on Friday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m. with funeral services for Amy, Isaiah and Lily at Faith Christian Community on Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m.
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