Family remembers 3 children who died in a house fire last year with vigil

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- One Stateline mother continues to mourn a year after three of her children died in a house fire, but she’s continuing to keep their memory alive by holding a candlelight vigil in their honor.

”The worst day in my life. It was just a disaster, something I don't want to keep reliving,” said Sherri Bonilla, who lost three children last year after a fire ripped through her home.

One year ago today Sherri Bonilla's life changed forever. "It was devastating.”

When she lost three of children Mikey, Star and Damion after their home caught fire.

“Not a day don't go by without me thinking about them,” said Bonilla.

Bonilla, along with friends and family held a candlelight vigil where they placed candles, balloons and stuffed animals on the porch of what used to be their family home.

"I just miss like everything like we used to just have laughter together. You know, they will be missed you know I think about it all the time. It's crazy it's been a year,” said neighbor Alexander Ezidore.

"I mean being here, the memories of everybody when we would have water fights for birthday parties and just a lot of memories here,” said Bonilla.

Bonilla says she didn't want to celebrate Christmas this year knowing three of her children wouldn't be around, but she says seeing the support of the people around her is helping get through this tough time.

Friends of Bonilla say Christmas Eve will always be a sad day, but they will continue keeping Mikey, Star and Damion’s memories alive while supporting Bonilla and her surviving children.

"Friends and family, they've been there for me and that's been my strongest thing knowing that I have other kids to live for and do things for,” said Bonilla.

"Everything I do is for them. They are always going to be with me no matter what happened,” said Ezidore.

Bonilla says she wants to continue putting out candles and stuffed animals on the porch of their former home during each holiday so her kids know they are always thinking of them.