Boy killed in fire laid to rest

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (WKYT) - He was a brother, son, and at just six-years-old Edward Dale Pennington left a big impact in the hearts of everyone gathered in the Northcutt and Son's Funeral Home Chapel.

"He really had a way of just sitting right down in your heart," described Shirley Anderson, the Director at the Rowan County Preschool Center where Edward attended.

The young boy lost his life after his family's home caught fire in Rowan County just five days before Christmas. His parents and three sisters all made it out, some with severe injuries. His parents and two of his sisters were transported to UK Hospital for treatment. A third sister was taken to Cincinnati to Shriners Hospital for help. Her condition is unknown at this time.

His father, James Pennington, was discharged from UK on Thursday. His mother, Lottie, has been upgraded to serious condition.

"I just can't imagine what they're going through," Anderson said standing alongside several other teachers who knew the boy.

The group of teachers joined in with family and friends of the Pennington's to say goodbye, and they couldn't help but smile as they described the little boy who they say could sometimes be heard before he was seen.

"I just can see him barreling down the hallway singing," grinned Anderson.

His preschool teacher, Rebecca Hart, added, "(He) had a beautiful, beautiful voice and I'll always remember that."

But for these teachers, Edward wasn't just a student, he was one of their own, making this day hard to handle.

"It's very hard. Just, he's so young. When you go to school, they're your children, too," Hart said fighting back tears.

"It's a hard day you never want to see this happen to a family and they're going to have a really hard time," chimed in Anderson, "just know that he was loved by a lot of people."

As songs of comfort and hope carried over the crowd, those who know the young boy know he would've been singing right along.

Several funds have been set up to help the family after the devastating fire that took everything they own. Those accounts are set up through Whitaker Bank and Clearfield Baptist Church, in Morehead.

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