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"The pain is indescribable" mother remembers her two boys killed in Herkimer fire

Mike Jr. 7, Richie 6, and Jackson, 1 (Photo provided by family).

Investigators say three young brothers were killed in a house fire in Herkimer Friday morning.

A tough day for everyone in Herkimer. Especially for Cassandra DeCarlis, the mother of the two oldest boys. The boys were living with their father and baby brother.

DeCarlis said a mother’s instinct kept her up all night on Thursday. It wasn’t a good feeling.

“I actually heard the Ilion Fire Department and the fire trucks go by at six o’clock this morning and I got sick to my stomach,” said DeCarlis.

Two miles from her apartment, the home of the boys’ father was in flames. Mike Jr., 7, Richie, 6, and Jackson, 1, wouldn’t survive.

“It was all emotions it was everywhere,” said DeCarlis. DeCarlis said she loved her boys more than anything in the world.

“They’re very heartwarming. Very energetic,” she said with a smile. “Very caring and loving. They would help anybody.”

Cassandra said she was just getting to start watching her stepson Jackson grow up.

Mikey and Richie were second and first graders respectively at Herkimer Elementary. She said they loved school and their friends.

DeCarlis couldn’t thank the firefighters, emergency crews and the Herkimer community enough for their support during the darkest time her family has ever endured.

“Thank you so much. I can’t imagine what they’re feeling right now. My message is for everybody to hug their kids very tightly. Cause one minute they’re there and the next minute they’re gone.”

DeCarlis said she is now doing her best to stay strong for her 10-year-old son.

A vigil for the boys is set for Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. on East Steele Street in Herkimer. It is open to the public. Stuffed animals and flowers are encouraged.

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