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Wake held for family killed in Logan Heights fire

Posted at 10:13 PM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 02:26:53-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Family grieved the loss of a father, mother and daughter after a raging fire at their Logan Heights home in October.

Thursday evening Aunt Rosa Cortes explained how the two surviving children, Wendy, 23, and Angel, 16, were faring. She described areas of Wendy's back and shoulder healing from the burns, saying her skin is getting it's color back.

She said her niece and nephew are having a hard time sleeping, saying in Spanish, "every noise, every sound scares them."

The fire ignited October 13th, around 4:30 a.m.. Neighbors woke up to screams. Ultimately the father, Jose Antonio Romero Mayo, 44, Daughter Iris, 21, and mother, Nicolasa Mayo-Cortes, 46, died from their injuries.

Aunt Rosa said Jose was her favorite brother. She called him her protector.

Now she's protecting his two surviving children, saying they can continue staying with her as long as they need.

Thursday the family reunited inside Faith on 54th in Oak Park.

Cortes said the caskets remained closed and she didn't want to remember them the way they died.

Her nephew, Wilber Romero, 26, was arrested on Arson and Homicide charges.

She said Wendy and Angel haven't been told about their brother's possible involvement, instead waiting for them to heal before asking questions.

Cortes said they need help, psychologically and monetarily to move forward. The family has set up a GoFundMe page.

Friday a funeral will be held for the victims in National City.