Mother opens up about children killed in fire

Posted at 7:23 PM, Jun 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-11 22:23:25-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Cristos and Isabella Lopez were honored today at Sunset Hills elementary, the school they once attended.

Student artists painted a large outdoor mural with their names and pictures. The children were killed in October 2017 in a Rancho Bernardo apartment fire.

Their father Henry Lopez has been charged with two counts of invountary manslaughter and other felony charges, prosecutors allege he fell asleep drunk with a cigarette.

The children's mother Nikia Lopez shared her heartbreak and anger. "Justice for my children would be him locked up. He had two days, two days. I raised those children all he had to do was play with them for two days and keep them safe and he didn't do it."

Lopez wiped away tears in front of a large student body there to dedicate the mural. She shared the last three minutes she had with her 10-year-old son Cristos after she had just learned her 7-year-old daughter Isabella had passed at a hospital across town.

"I held his hand and told him he was such a good boy because he waited for me to say goodbye."

Lopez thanked the community and parents at the school for giving her the strength to get up everyday.

"Those children would not have been buried the way that they did had it not been for the community. I had nothing." "I have been in bed for three days . I have women coming to my house peeling me off the floor and getting me dressed. They feed me, I sleep on their couches. They have moved mountains for me. They say I don't know why your babies are gone but they are special, they are not forgotten."