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‘Celebration of Life’ held for Grosse Pointe brothers killed in house fire

Boys 9 and 11 years old

Boys -- 9 and 11 years old -- were killed in a house fire on Oct. 28, 2019 in Grosse Pointe.
Boys -- 9 and 11 years old -- were killed in a house fire on Oct. 28, 2019 in Grosse Pointe. (WDIV)

GROSSE POINTE, Mich. – A “Celebration of Life” took place 3 p.m. Saturday in remembrance of two Grosse Pointe brothers who were killed in a house fire Monday.

The event took place at the Grosse Pointe Academy Field House, in accordance with Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), which is celebrated Nov. 1 to 2.

Día de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Central America. It’s an ode to the afterlife and a reminder that death is nothing to be afraid of.

Logan Connolly, 9, and Briggs Connolly, 11, were killed Monday morning when a fire trapped them inside their Grosse Pointe home on Fisher Road between Kercheval and Mack avenues, according to authorities. Firefighters believe the fire appears to have started in the kitchen. Fire officials believe, but are not certain, that the fire was caused by a malfunctioning toaster.

The Connolly family wanted to share the Día de Muertos “Celebration of Life” with the community.

The boys loved to play hockey. Their teammates, other members from across the league, family and friends attended the vigil at St. Paul Catholic Church & Rectory.

The full memorial can be seen below.

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