MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Mourners filled the Central Church of Christ in Macon on Saturday, to say their goodbyes to the three children, who died in a house fire.
Three small caskets sat at the front of the sanctuary, where mourners paid their respects to 10-year-old Nykhiya Williams, 7-year-old Daija Williams, and 9-year-old Jammarian Williams.
The three children were sleeping in the family's home on James Street, last Sunday, when a fire started. Their mother, Colethia Williams was not at home at the time. J'lon Williams, 3, is the only sibling who survived. J'lon was treated for smoke inhalation at the burn center in Augusta. Family members say he has returned home and is doing better.
Nykhiya, Daija and Jammarian attended Riley Elementary. Riley Elementary Principal Kent Sparks spoke at the children's funeral, describing the lessons his staff has learned from their lives.
"They've taught us to cherish every moment we have with our students," Sparks said, "they've taught us to cherish every moment we have with our own children."
Neighbor Ephriam Peek's children also attended Riley Elementary. While Peek, doesn't know the Williams personally, he was touched by their story.
"I just have sympathy for the whole family, my heart goes out to them," Peek said.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones, also attended the funeral to show his support.
"This is a tragedy that touched the entire community," Jones said, "and the community has come together."
Outside of the family's home on James Street, a memorial for the children continues to grow. Stuffed animals, dolls and balloons fill the yard in their memory.
"They were just full of life," said Tywanna Smith, family friend, "all of them were just so full of life."