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January 25, 2014

Funds raised for Nashville family

NASHVILLE — Family and friends of the victims of a Tuesday morning house fire in this Berrien County town were scheduled to gather for a candlelight vigil Friday night to accept donations for the survivors.

Artoro Garcia, 39, his stepson, Toby Keith Hawkins, 18, and family friend Christopher Rowan, 17, perished in the fire that investigators believe was caused by unattended cooking.

Three others were able to escape the house. Kathy Garcia, 42, and Shay Catlett, 32, sustained smoke inhalation and were transported to South Georgia Medical Center. Jay Hawkins Jr., 20, escaped with no injuries.

Donations have already been made to the family from Nashville-area businesses Walmart and Alco and the Red Cross, according to the vigil’s organizers.

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