Vigil held for Pratt mother and her four children who died in a tragic fire

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PRATT, Kan. (KAKE) -

A table with five pictures sat in the field where a community gathered to remember the victims who died in a house fire in Pratt.

“What are you supposed to say to a family that lost their whole family?,” Lori Heiland, who attended the vigil, said.

More than 200 people met at Pratt County Lake to release balloons with messages to Charee Wheatley and her four children, Reece, Timmy, River and Harley.

“Like our family impacted a lot of other people and it’s nice to see them here to support us in this hard time,” Wheatley’s sister, Kristina Morris said.

The family asked people to bring green balloons to the candlelight ceremony as it was one of Charee’s favorite colors.

“It’s speechless seeing that and watching everybody and their reactions, just how quiet it got and it was heartwarming,” family friend, Anthony Young said.

After the balloons were released, the group lit candles and shared favorite memories of the family.

Some who came didn't know Wheatley or her children. They just wanted to show their support.

“I’d give them a hug. Just tell them I know what it’s like and I’m sorry,” Heiland said.

“It was beautiful and my heart goes out to the family and friends,” attendee, Baylee Briseno said.

Wheatley's sister says her family is thankful.

“I actually, I love it because it just comes to show there’s actually good people out there and that a tragedy like this is just gonna bring everybody together,” Morris said.

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The community in Pratt is coming together to remember a mother and her four young children killed in a deadly fire.

Charee Wheatley and her children, Reece, Timmy, River, and Harvey, were killed late last month after their home on 211 Austin caught fire. Family and friends gathered to remember the Charee and at Pratt County Lake. Guests were asked to bring green balloons to release. Kristina Morris, Charee's sister, said green was Charee's favorite color, and she's grateful for the people who came out to remember her loved ones.

"I actually, I love it because it just comes to show there's actually good people out there and that a tragedy like this is just gonna bring everybody together." 

Funeral services for the family will be held at 11 a.m on February 7th at the First Methodist Church in Pratt.

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