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Family, friends remember KCK 4-year-old who died in fire

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"We love you Sh'Mere," the crowd shouted in unison as they raised their candles high. The gathering at North 47th Street and North Greeley Avenue Sunday night numbered almost 100. "We love you Sh'Mere," the crowd shouted in unison as they raised their candles high. The gathering at North 47th Street and North Greeley Avenue Sunday night numbered almost 100.
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Exactly a week after a 4-year-old died in a fire, friends and family returned to the scorched home to remember her and support each other.

"We love you Sh'Mere," the crowd shouted in unison as they raised their candles high. The gathering at North 47th Street and North Greeley Avenue Sunday night numbered almost 100.

"She never found a stranger," said Sh'Mere Jackson-Green's father, Larry Green. "And everybody around here are people she's touched in their life."

One of those people was Wayne Hovelmann. He taught Sh'Mere's mother, Shana Jackson, at Kansas City, KS, Community College. Then, she helped care for his Alzheimer's-stricken wife, often bringing her 4-year-old with her.

"I'm very sad because she was a wonderful little girl," Hovelmann said. "She was a go-getter. She just was able to get your heart going just to watch her. She never stood in one place at the same time."

Sh'Mere died Oct. 6 after being rushed by ambulance from the early morning fire. Her grandmother and 7-year-old sister, Shai'Brielle, escaped. Her mother rushed to home that night from an overnight work shift at a nursing home.

Shai'Brielle is small for her age but stood tall and smiling at the gathering. Her mother said Shai'Brielle has helped to keep her strong.

"She's strong," Jackson said. "She knows where her sister is. She's in a better place."

"Where is your sister?" Green asked of the 7-year-old.

"In our heart," answered Shai'Brielle.

A firefighter suffered second-degree burns to his face in the rescue effort, something both parents drew attention to before the crowd.

"Because if it wasn't for him it wouldn't be possible that we would be able to lay her down as far as being a princess," Green said. "She's still in tact and I just want to appreciate that."

The many children present plucked a pink balloon to release skyward. Among them was a foil balloon with the word "Princess."

"She is a princess," Jackson said. "She always will be."

Sh'Mere's funeral will be on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew Baptist Church at 2200 North 53rd Street in KCK.

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