Dozens of friends, church members, neighbors, even strangers Friday gathered to remember four members of a family who died in a fire.
Pastor Rayford Johnson of Countryside Baptist church led the vigil in memory of 35-year-old Jennifer Caffee, and her daughters, Lizzie, 15; Wendy, 10; and Holly, 5.
As the group sang choruses of Amazing Grace, Pastor Johnson told the crowd, some of whom clutched candles and came bearing flowers, "God took them home. That's the way we got to look at it. He took them home."
Johnson says the family was among the first he met when he started as pastor. Friday night, he described the children as girls who "loved so much".
"You know Wendy," he told 13WMAZ, speaking of the family's middle daughter. "She has cerebral palsy. But when she come to church, she knew where she was at. She might not have known it was a church building, but she knew she was around people that loved her."
Friend James Perez simply said, "Heaven has more angels tonight. That's a big loss to the community around here, and we're going to miss them very much."
The fire burned the family's Carmen Place duplex in South Macon early Thursday morning. Two other family members, a father and his two stepsons, made it out with injuries.
Investigators do not know how the fire started.