Friends, family say goodbye to Guerra family

Family of six laid to rest Friday

INDIANAPOLIS - A family of six was laid to rest Friday, almost two weeks after a fire swept through their Indianapolis home.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral for the Guerra family at New Crown Cemetery on the city’s southeast side.

Forty-seven-year-old Lionel "Leo" Guerra, and his 33-year-old wife, Brandy Mae, died Feb. 22, as did their 11-year-old son, Esteban, and 8-year-old daughter, Blanquita. Fourteen-year-old Miranda and 6-year-old Fuentes died the following day.

It wasn’t only loved ones who attended the funeral; the family’s story has had an impact on the entire community.

"As difficult as it has been for us to have lost them, imagine how much more difficult it would have been for any of these family members to have stayed living," Pastor AJ Corrales said.

Following the service, not one, but six caskets made their way to the cemetery where the Guerra family was laid to rest.

"They were such a close-knit family and like the brother said, they went every place together, so it was just appropriate for them to leave this earth together," sister-in-law Stefonae Page said.

Family members said they took solace in knowing the Guerras were organ donors. At the service, officials took time to recognize the lives that have been saved because of those donations.

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