Summers County

Hinton community holds memorial service for children lost in house fire

HINTON, WV (WVNS) - Neighbors, friends and families lined Temple Street in Hinton, awaiting more than 30 school buses to drive by in procession. That spectacle was largely a tribute to 13-year-old Tyrone Sea, who Summers Middle School Assistant Principal Chris Vicars said loved school buses.

"He lived two blocks from the school so he never road a school bus, he walked or was brought here," Vicars remembered. "So he always wanted to ride the school bus."

Posters and ribbons honoring Tyrone and his 8-year-old sister, Andromeda, prominently adorned the buses. It was this past Saturday that the brother and sister lost their lives after their father's home was engulfed in flames.

The news shocked classmates, friends, and teachers who had the pleasure of working with these children every day, especially Principal Susie Hudson, who is now remembering her last moments with Tyrone.

"I saw him everyday cause he passed my door everyday, I'm in and out of their classroom all the time and he delivered me pepperoni rolls every Friday," Hudson said.

After the bus parade, it was stories, along with song and prayer, that filled the gymnasium at a vigil in honor of the quirky, smiley siblings. Luminary bags lined the floor with messages and paintings done by friends and classmates.

While they were taken too soon, a community came together to keep their memory alive.

"I'm happy to be part of this community for this aspect of it," Vicars added. "We have a lot of great people that care about our kids."

Funeral arrangements have not yet been released for the children. Their father still remains in the hospital with serious injuries he received from trying to save them.


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