Sisters killed in tragic house fire remembered by classmates

 

AKRON-Monday marked the first day students went back to school after two classmates and their parents were killed in a house fire.

"I have to be strong for my staff and students but I've also shared with students today that I grieve and I cry," said principal Jennifer Moff of Seiberling Community Learning Center. "It's okay if they see my cry some people they won't see cry and that's okay too."

Grief counselors were at several Akron schools to help deliver the tragic news about classmates Shanice 8, and Aniyla Riley 9. Shanice was in the third grade at Seiberling and had a close relationship with Moff.

"I got a hug from Shanice every morning on her way out of breakfast," said Moff.

Shanice's sister Shaniya Wallis, 12 survived the fire along with another woman who jumped from a window to safety. Omar Riley and Shirley Wallis did not survive.

"Shanice was known to all," said Moff. " She was very sweet and caring little girl who touched everyone she came into contact with."

An investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing. Firefighters say the home did not have smoke detectors.

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**More on the tragic fire here**