Classmates remember 4 sisters killed in house fire

Classmates keep the spirits of four girls who died in a house fire alive. Pictured are handwritten notes and flowers at the viewing for the four girls (WLFI).
Classmates keep the spirits of four girls who died in a house fire alive. Pictured are handwritten notes and flowers at the viewing for the four girls (WLFI).

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Many in Carroll County came together Tuesday to honor the lives of four girls who died in a Flora house fire.

Many left teddy bears, roses and handwritten notes as they said their final goodbyes at Carroll County Jr.-Sr. High School.

“It’s kind of like it’s not real,” said 11-year-old Johnna Kinzie. “It’s brought up almost every day basically like, ‘This is something Keyanna would do.'”

Eleven-year-old Keyanna Davis, 9-year-old Keyara Phillips, 7-year-old Kerriele McDonald and 5-year-old Kionnie Welch all died of smoke inhalation when their home on East Columbia Street caught fire last Monday morning.

Keyanna’s friends said it doesn’t feel real that she’s gone.

“She had a really funny personality,” Kinzie said. “She made everybody laugh.”

“She was just a really good friend of mine,” Carson Rudd said.

Rudd said Keyanna was a friend he would share his closest thoughts with, as well as play soccer and tag with almost daily. Losing Keyanna and her sisters was almost unbearable for him.

“I cried the entire way to school and basically the entire day,” Rudd said.

More than a week later, dozens said their final goodbyes.

But Rudd said this isn’t goodbye.

“It didn’t feel like a final goodbye because, you know, you’ll always remember them,” he said.

Friends said they will always cherish the times they had together.

“It makes you sad,” Kinzie said. “But it makes you happy remembering her.”

A funeral for the girls is set for Wednesday morning at the Carroll County Jr.-Sr. High School.