Family holds vigil to remember children lost in Gulfport apartment fire

A vigil was held over the weekend at the William Bell complex to remember the two young children whose lives were tragically lost in last week’s fire.

Family, friends, and many in the Gaston Point community gathered to remember the lives of four-day-old Kakashi Aubrey and six-year-old Vashun Viverette, who both died last Wednesday due to smoke inhalation.

Two other children and four adults were also injured in the blaze.

Officials say smoke detectors did not go off in the apartment after a stove-top fire set the top floor ablaze.

Denishia Gee, the aunt of Kakashi and Vashun, is comforted by the outpouring of support their family has received since the tragic fire. “It’s wonderful. There is still love in the world, you know what I mean? For real because people didn’t have to do this. Everybody ain’t our family. So, you know, that’s love and that means God’s in it. He’s still here. He’s still here.”

The four-year-old who was airlifted to New Orleans after the fire is now stable, along with the mother of the children. The family thanks everyone for their support.

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