ELMIRA, N.Y. -- "We used to have fun every day, right over there on the south side," said Michael Brooks, friend of Courtney Stanton.
Fond memories of Courtney Stanton stick out even more in Michael Brooks' mind after he had to say goodbye to her Thursday. Stanton, along with Amera, NJ and Jordan Mansour, were killed in last Friday's fire. Brooks says Stanton was fun every time they hung out.
"Just like, a real nice person. She didn't deserve none of this. I never thought that happened because I seen her the day before just smiling and I always used to play with her, but my cousin, she never liked them to leave, but he used to leave with me and stuff and she used to be like, 'oh no, you're not going nowhere together,'" said Brooks.
Robert Parker also lived in the Morrow Street home torn apart by the fire. The kids used to call him 'Uncle Bobby Parker.' He described his nieces and nephews as 'boys being boys and girls being girls,' saying they were great kids.
"There were no differences with any of my kids and you know, I treated them that way and my wife treated them that way and even the neighborhood liked the kids," said Robert Parker, victim's uncle.
With the wounds from the tragedy still fresh in their minds family members say they may never return to their Morrow Street neighborhood.
"Of course I'm not going to live there anymore. I'm going to tear the house down. And my daughter, she doesn't even want to live across the street anymore, so she's probably going to move, but I'm just going to find a different place and move on from there," said Parker.
People wanting to make donations can go to the store "It's a Girl Thing," on College Avenue, or to Buffalo Wild Wings in Horseheads. The Buffalo Wild Wings will be doing a special week long fundraising event beginning on September 16.