Candlelight Vigil Honors Kingman Woman Killed In Fire

By: Stephanie Diffin Email
By: Stephanie Diffin Email

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May 5, 2011

A community gathered Thursday to mourn the death of a Kingman woman killed in a fire, as investigators remain tight-lipped on details into the deadly blaze.

It claimed the life of 34-year-old Vashti Forrest-Seacat. Thursday night, a candlelight vigil aimed to honor her memory.

The vigil took place across the street from Forrest-Seacat's home, which was destroyed in the blaze. Crime scene tape remained around the residence as friends and family gathered there. Sheriff's deputies and police officers were also present.

At the vigil, friends, family, and community members prayed and sang together, as some told stories about Vashti. Those who knew her call her a dedicated friend and sister, but above all, an incredible mother.

"It's tough because there's nobody in this world that will ever love those kids like she did," said Vashti's brother Rich Forrest.

Now two little boys will grow up without their mom, and the group gathered Thursday say that is the biggest tragedy of all.

"[She] Absolutely loved her children. [There's] Nothing she would not do for her children," said family friend Jeff Blubaugh.

Now those children are in the care of their father, Brett Seacat. Vashti filed for divorce from Seacat just days before the fire. Thursday, he brought their boys to the candlelight vigil.

Brett Seacat chose not to speak on camera, but in a statement to KAKE News he said, "We brought the boys down to tell them that everyone who has a candle loves their mommy."

At the vigil many were still asking questions about the fire that killed Vashti.

"It's just the thing of not knowing what happened. It's a little scary," said Kingman resident Felicia Ryder, who helped organize the vigil.

"It's unimaginable because we don't have a lot of answers about what happened," said Forrest.

As Vashti's friends and family wait for those answers, they say they're continuing to mourn the woman they lost.

"She'd do anything she could for anyone, and loved everyone," said Forrest.

"The kind of person that we all struggle to become, she was that person," said Blubaugh.

Authorities say the investigation into the fire is ongoing. They say they're not calling it a criminal investigation at this point. Neither the cause of the fire, nor the autopsy results have been released. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the case.

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