AKRON, Ohio - A community came together Monday evening to remember the four family members who died in a house fire in Akron on December 3rd.
Family, friends and even those who didn't know parents Omar Riley, 37, Shirley Wallis, 34, and their children, Aniyla Riley, 9, and Shanice Riley, 8 gathered at Celebration Church to pay tribute to the family. They also offered prayers for their 12-year-old daughter Shaniya, who survived the fire, but is still in the hospital recovering from her injuries.
One relative told the crowd that the way someone dies on earth will never be as important as the way they lived. Although this family was taken too soon, loved ones say they lived life to the fullest.
A fund has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses and to help with Shaniya's medical bills. You can click here to find out more about it.