Candlelight vigil planned to honor children killed in house fire

01:52 PM EDT on Wednesday, September 1, 2004


ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A candlelight vigil next week will honor three York County children who were killed in a house fire last month.

The vigil will be held at the National Guard Armory Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The bodies of Jayro, Denise and Denia Meza were found in their burned out home along with the bodies of their parents in August. The kids throats had been slashed.

Just weeks before their deaths, the children's father, Jose Denis Meza, was charged with sexually abusing 14-year old Denia. The coroner also found Denia had been raped within five days of her death.

The family was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses Church. A group called Silentlambs, which supports victims of abuse who were Jehovah's Witnesses, has set up a fund in the children's names to support local child abuse groups.

Silentlambs has also asked churches to participate in child abuse watch. The group said they would like to change the law so that church leaders must report abuse.