Family says goodbye to children who died in fire

LAS VEGAS -- A family said goodbye to a brother and sister who died in a house fire last week.

The family and friends of 2-year-old Ella Flores and 4-year-old Cruz Flores remembered the children in a funeral Friday. The children died after their house near Ann Road and Durango Drive caught on fire last Thursday.

Their parents and police tried to save them, but the smoke and fire were too intense. To help raise money for the family, a fundraiser is planned from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Joey's Tavern near Craig Road and U.S. 95. There will be a car wash, live music, even a BMX trick-riding show.

The family released a statement that said in part:

"What is evident is that even in the 2 and 4 years that we were blessed to have them here with us, they have placed an imprint on our hearts that will last a lifetime...and beyond.

This imprint and the love for Ella and Cruz has overflowed far beyond the family and friends of Stephanie, Tony and Ryan. So many have shown their support and love by supporting fundraisers and donating money to help the family as they attempt to rebuild their lives. This is a true testament to the memory of Ella and Cruz, the love of this family, and the strength of the Las Vegas and surrounding communities.

For those that continue to ask for ways to help, an "Ella and Cruz Memorial Fund" has been set up at Wells Fargo under the name Stephanie Parriera. The account number is: 2596089983."


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