TAMPA -- A candlelight vigil was held Tuesday night to remember a grandmother and her grandchildren killed in a fire.
Romello Jackson, 8, his 3-year-old brother Emjay and their 8-year-old cousin Reshard Ashley lived with 61-year-old Sheryl James on Paris Street in Tampa.
Fire investigators say it appears all four were sound asleep when the house caught on fire Tuesday morning.
Sheryl and two of the children were found together in a back bedroom.
At the vigil, family members remember how she liked to keep the children close.
"Matter of fact, before I left she told Reshard to go in the room and turn the air conditioner on in the room because she wanted all of them to sleep with her," said Skytina Fletcher-Spooner, a relative.
Firefighters said one of the boys was found in another room where he might have been trying to escape but was blocked by burglar bars.Neighbors are calling for renewed efforts to make the community safer.
"We're always talking about what we need to do but we need to stop talking about it and let's do it," said one person at the vigil.
For now, family members said lighting candles and honoring their loved ones helps.
"We're hanging on with prayers. Prayers are going to get us through. We're a family that does pray and that's about the only think that's going to get us through. This is a hard pill to swallow," said Alessia Fletcher.
The family said they're in the process of working on funeral arrangements.