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Vigil for children killed in murder-suicide

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BROOKSVILLE (FOX 13) -

The light of dozens of candles lit up the darkness at Chocachatti Elementary School in Brooksville while the grief of many still burned strong.

"It has been really hard, very hard on him," said Lisa Astringer.

Lisa brought her son Justin to remember Sebastian and his sister Susana Castrillon.

"He was smart and he was a very nice friend, and he was very good in class," Justin said.

Deputies with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said their parents were going through a divorce, and their father Daniel killed them while they were sleeping Sunday. He then killed himself.

After the school week, parents gathered with family and friends to light up the memory of the Castrillon kids.

"They wanted to be here just to know that Suzie and Sebastian are looking down on them and that they are with them," said Brian Dahmer.

The pain is still fresh for many, including Torrie Hatthaway. She was a cheerleader with the friend she called Susie.

"I came to honor her and remember her," she said.

Torrie's grandmother remembers how she lit up the room.

"Her smile. She had a gorgeous smile and she was always was happy," she said.

Sebastian and Suzie's mom did not attend the vigil, but in a special message to the crowd, she said the light from her children's lives will not be diminished.

"Please don't be sad. They're going to come back as something else," a family spokesperson said.

Their friends said that light will be carried on through the memories of those who knew the two the best.

"I think it means a lot to them," said Justin Astringer.

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