Memorial service mourns five children lost in Spearfish house fire

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STURGIS, S.D. -

The community banded together for an emotional day, mourning the loss of five children after a deadly Spearfish house fire, April 1. A memorial service was held April 8 to remember those five fallen lives. 

READ MORE:  Cause of death released for Spearfish house fire victims

The Sturgis High School gymnasium was somber as the family and friends of the five children walked down the aisle of chairs to sit in the first front rows, directly in front of the children 's photos. Keynote speaker Pastor Scott Mckirdy remembered the lives of Phibie Joyce Moyer, age 6, Clinton James Johnson, age 7, Rhylin Zane Gee, age 9, Justice Lillian Gene Roden, age 9, and Tanlynn Crystal Rain Roden, age 11. Tears were flowing as a song performance said goodbye. 

READ MORE: A candlelight vigil held for victims of the Spearfish fire

Each family presented photos and home videos to remember their lost loved ones. A collage of photos and short videos ran while music played in the background. Many people who attended the service wore superhero attire in tribute. The service ended with people releasing balloons into the air.  

The families are still accepting donations of any kind. MORE INFORMATION: Donation information for Spearfish fire victims

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