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Vigil held to remember young fire victims

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Tucker and Payden Burnham Tucker and Payden Burnham
AUSABLE FORKS, N.Y. -

The North Country is mourning the loss of two young children who died when their AuSable home burned down.

Wednesday night a candlelight vigil was held at AuSable Forks Elementary School for one of its second graders.

"I didn't know them, but looking at their beautiful faces I would have loved to meet them. I do day care, so this type of thing touches me and really affects me," said Kristina Dukett, a vigil organizer.

Tucker Burnham, 7, and his little brother, Payden, 4, died Monday when a fire destroyed their Harkness home. Now, hundreds of northern New Yorkers are showing sympathy for their grieving family.

"Just the devastation, just trying to get people together and support the family, the community, our volunteer rescue workers, the ambulances, the EMTs, everybody that was there," said Dukett.

The family says a funeral service will be held for both boys Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Brown's Funeral Home in Plattsburgh. The boys' 6-month-old sister, Raelynn, meanwhile, is in a Boston hospital.

"She just underwent her third surgery; she still has five surgeries scheduled," said Robert Slater, Raelynn’s grandfather.

People at the vigil were hoping she gets better quickly and shared songs and memories of her brothers who lost their lives.

"I think it’s great to see people that support the family and people that you don't see every day were here to give the family as much support as possible," said family friend Michael Cody.

A community gathering together to remember two little boys who will be missed.

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