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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) -A crowd of nearly 100 people shared a candlelight vigil Saturday night in University City to remember three victims of a house fire.  Candles flickered in a strong breeze as relatives and friends signed a large card for the family and prayed with them.

At the end of the prayers, they released dozens of helium balloons.

The Wednesday night fire trapped 78-year old Mamie Lou Williams and two of her great- grandchildren on the second floor of a home on Roth Ave.  Relatives tried to rescue Williams and six year old Kaliyah Dunger and her four year old brother Trevion but were unable to bring them downstairs because of heavy smoke.

University City firefighters pulled them from the burning home but were unable to revive them.

Williams’ niece Annett Dugger recalled the children as "Very beautiful. They were little angels."  She described her Aunt as "beautiful in spirit, loving and kind."  "Our family took a major hit" when they were killed.

Pastor Luther Bell of Emmaus Tabernacle Church in St. Louis urged the crowd to turn to God for comfort.

"A death of that nature, you're gonna have to have a belief in God because if you don't, you just go off the rails," he said.

The wake for all three victims will be Friday, February 13 from 4pm to 7pm at  Layne Renaissance Chapel at 7302 West Florissant, St. Louis . The funeral will be Saturday Feb 14 at 10am at Friendly Temple located at 5515 Martin Luther King Drive.

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