Two Bryan Children Remembered

By: Meredith Stancik
By: Meredith Stancik

"Tragedies happen in our lives and when they do the support is what gets you through this," Family spokesperson Beverly Nutall said.

Saturday community support radiated at Shiloh Baptist Church at the joint funeral for seven year-olds Brandon Hubbard and Gabrielle Banks.

Hundreds of people from church members, to Neal Elementary staff, where Brandon went to school, to Local fire officials all came to show their support for the family.

"A tragedy has pulled us together beyond denominations, beyond colors and creeds, ethnicities, we're all working together for the betterment of this family as well as this community," Pastor Chris Erskin with Shiloh Baptist Church said.

"When you see a community that comes together like this it helps the family begin the healing process because that's what it's all about, fellow people helping others to get through it and that's why there are no tears today," Nutall said.

The tears that were shed Saturday were limited, but the hugs were plentiful, and the love abundant for a family relying on faith to understand why.

"Some of us live to be 80, some of us 70 years old, before we fulfill our purpose," Pastor Chris Erskin said. "These children were blessed at seven they fulfilled their purpose and god knows best and that's what we always have to rely on that our hope is built in Jesus Christ."

Five year old twins Victor and Vickia Hamilton were also in the fire. Both were severely burned and continue to recover at the Shriner's Burn Unit in Galveston.

Doctors say if Victor continues to improve he could leave in six months, Vickia could be home as soon as a couple of weeks.


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