Vigil held for Grove City fire victims

Grove city fire vigil
A vigil was held Friday for a brother and sister who were killed in a fire early Monday in Grove City.

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Family and friends came together Friday night at Grove City Memorial Park to mourn the loss of Brandon Fortuna and Kirsten Fellows, a brother and sister who lost their lives in a fire on Monday morning.

“This is just really hard,” said Chelsea Wigton, who organized the vigil.

She said she and Fortuna were friends since they were 12 years old. She organized the vigil seeking comfort and wanting to honor her friend.

“He was an angel, seriously, there’s not people in this world like that anymore,” Wigton said.

Brittany Pringle knew both Fortuna and Fellows.

“I can’t really like, put it into words. I’ve never met a nicer family,” Pringle said.

Friends and family lit candles and wrote memorial messages on balloons, offering each other comfort while remembering two people taken from them too soon.

“He had the most contagious smile and no matter how bad things were, Brandon was always smiling, no matter what,” Wigton said.

“She was another one, so kindhearted. She was another one who would take the shirt off her back to help you,” Pringle said.

“He made every single person you were around, he made them laugh. It didn’t matter if you were having your worst day, if you were around him, you were laughing,” said Jesse Closkey, a friend of Fortuna.

Calling hours for both Fellows and Fortuna will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home in Sharon.

Friends and family said Fellows had two sons who are doing as good as can be expected and Fortuna has a twin brother who friends said he was very close to. His brother just arrived home from Germany, where he is stationed.

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