Columbia, Ky. (WKYT) - Some carried flowers, others held on to each other, as people from two counties…Adair and Russell…came together Wednesday to say goodbye to two little ones…who made a big impact on so many.
“My heart aches for everyone in the community….I know everyone feels the need to help these families,” said Billie Jo Kinnett, a teacher’s aide at Adair Elementary, who worked in the classroom that Hector Curry had just started attending the week before he died.
The two 4 year olds died Saturday night in a fire that’s been ruled accidental by investigators. Yet the Russell Fire Chief says they may never know exactly what caused the fire the swept through the back bedroom the two were playing in. Hayden Oseguera Paxtian lived in Russell County…Hector Curry lived in Columbia.
“He always had a smile on his face…. He could look at you, you knew he was a gift from God,” said Kinnett.
The two boys were raised together, and their friends say they were friends for nearly all their lives. So their families thought it was only fitting that their funeral services be held at the same time and place.
Adair County High School’s gym was chosen for the joint service and every school in the district was closed.
“We have a loving community in Adair County. They are very respectful for anything that goes on in our community,’ said Kinnett.
Following the service that was attended by hundreds of family and friends…both were buried together at the Free Union Cemetery.
Donations to help the two families with funeral expenses are being accepted by First and Farmers National Bank.
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