Vigil Held for Harkness Boys who Died in Fire

By Kristen Tripodi

Published 07/03 2014 12:08AM

Updated 07/03 2014 10:23AM

Family, friends, classmates, and even complete strangers all gathered for a vigil Wednesday to remember six-year-old Tucker Burnham and his four-year-old brother, Payden.

It was an emotional hour as tears were shed, songs were sung, and memories were shared as the community honored the two brothers.

Police say they died in a house fire Monday evening. No word on what caused it.

“I've never seen so many people turn out for one of these,” said Robert Clairmont, Tucker and Payden’s grandfather.

Police say the babysitter and her two children made it out of the fire alive.  The boy’s grandmother ran into the burning building and was able to save their six-month-old sister Raelynn.

“She's showing progress. And she's a fighter, she’s a fighter like her mother,” said Clairmont.

Back at home the family says the outpouring of support from the community has been outstanding. The family has received everything from donations of clothes to money. They say they're extremely grateful for it all.

“It's phenomenal, it really is,” said Clairmont.

Family members say Raelynn remains at a hospital in Boston where she's recovering from her third surgery and is gearing up for five more. An online fundraising site that was set up two days ago has raised almost $10,000 for the family.

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