Fire Victims Remembered at Rosary

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POSTED: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 9:53pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 10:55pm

EL PASO- The victims of a tragic fire were remembered tonight at a rosary in Northeast El Paso tonight.

It was a heartbreaking scene tonight at the Kastor-Maxon-Futrell funeral homes, as Luis and Monica Matos and their three grandchildren were remembered y family and friends as beautiful people.

"Overwhelmed with emotion, like a roller coaster, you go up, you go down," said Luis Manuel Matos.

His parents and three children were remembered tonight at a somber rosary.  Matos' parents and his three children, Isaiah, Ebony, and Damian were all victims of a Northeast fire that ripped through a home in late January.

 Fire investigators arrived on scene quickly, but iron bars on the homes windows prevented them from getting inside fast enough.  All five died of smoke inhalation and burns.

Those in attendance were determined to dwell on fond memories.  The children's uncle remembered their spirit.

"Full of love, and laughter, that's all, nobody was ever angry in our home for very long," said Luis Egberto Matos.

Pictures lined the walls of the funeral home, as scores of people came to pay their respects.  Luis and his wife Monica were, according to their children, kind and caring people.

"My dad, you could meet him and as soon as you meet him you'd fall in love with him.  He would joke around with everybody.  My mom was just so full of faith, of church values, that she instilled in us," Luis Egberto said.

The fairly large chapel was packed with people, with the tragic event's impact on the community clearly felt.

Anyone who would like to help the family pay for funeral costs can donate to the fund set up at First Light Federal Credit Union under Luis Manuel Matos.

The account number is: 9593606

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