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Family, friends remember 6-year-old killed in fire

Jamiyah Smith died 1 day after Christmas in apartment fire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A community is coping with the loss of a 6-year-old girl who died during an apartment fire the day after Christmas.

Jamiyah Smith was pulled from the St. Nicholas apartment she shared with her family after a devastating fire on Friday.

We're told four other family members who were in the apartment at the time are in still critical condition at local hospitals.

People who live at the Landon Imperial Apartment Complex said everyone knows everyone and that it's a tight knit community. Sunday night they all came together to remember 6-year-old Jamiyah and to pray for her family.

The charred windows of the apartment unfortunately serves as a constant reminder of the tragedy but the people who live there said they are coming together to be strong for the remaining four family members fighting for their lives.

"We've got to let them know that Jesus loves them. That we love them and this is hard for anyone to go through. We want to share this with them and help them through in any way... and comfort them in any other way," said Bishop Daryl Lewis.

Lewis with Abundant Life Global Church came together Sunday night with neighbors and residents at the Landon Imperial Apartment complex for a candlelight vigil in memory of 6-year-old Jamiyah Smith.

The makeshift memorial outside of the apartment where she died continues to grow.

People who live in the complex said Jamiyah and her family had only lived there for a short time, but they had become part of the "family".

"Every day the little girl would knock on my door to play with my niece and stepdaughters. Every day. Painting each other's nails. There's not a day where you don't see them. Every day, we saw those kids," said Robert McKann.

Four of Jamiyah's family members were also in the apartment at the time of the fire -- her parents and her two sisters -- ages three and 11. They all remain in critical condition at local hospitals. Lewis said those four family members need love and support more than ever.

"They are needing prayer too for recovery. Its going to be a process. But with prayer and with God's hand, the doctors and nurses do what they do... it will all come together," said Lewis.

A GoFundMe account was set up to help the family.


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