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COPY-UPDATE: Hundreds attend Argyle remembrance service

VILLAGE OF ARGYLE (WKOW) -- The fatal September 7 fire remains a painful memory for the Argyle community. A remembrance service Wednesday provided a chance for everyone to come together, including the Wand family to honor the kids who died and start the healing process.

"We've been trying to deal with the grand kids first, then we'll deal with the boys later," said Barbara Wand, grandmother to Allen, Jeffrey and Joseph and mother to the men accused of killing them.

The Wand family home on the 400-block of Oak Street has been boarded up. Flowers lay in front to remember those who died inside. Authorities say earlier this month, Armin Wand III and his brother Jeremy Wand intentionally set the fire to kill Armin's family and collect on their life insurance policies. Armin's wife Sharon remains at UW Hospital. Their 2-year-old daughter Jessica made it out okay.

"It's just something that you don't expect in a village of 850 people," said Village President Wayne Wilson. He went on to say the healing process needs to begin and the remembrance service provides a space for people to come together.

"It gives people a chance to express their emotions -- if they cry, they cry -- I've cried before," Wilson said.

Hundreds attended the service. The victims, their families and local first responders were all recognized. A vigil was held to remember 7-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffrey and 3-year-old Joseph.

Wilson said this kind of tragedy is something you can't expect but he is confident the small community is strong enough to get through it. "It tests your strength," he said.

Armin and Jeremy Wand remain in jail. They're due back in court on October 2.


VILLAGE OF ARGYLE (WKOW) -- The Argyle community will hold a remembrance ceremony after a devastating fire killed three young boys.

A community healing and remembrance service will be at Argyle Park at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The service will last about 35 minutes.

Seven-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffrey and 3-year-old Joseph Wand were killed in their home. Their mother, Sharon Wand, was critically burned and lost her unborn child.

Sharon's husband, Armin Wand, and his brother, Jeremy Wand, are charged with setting the house on fire to collect on renter's and life insurance policies.

This remembrance ceremony is not a funeral. The families have decided to hold-off on the funeral service until Sharon Wand is able to attend.

Danielle Lama will have more on tonight's remembrance on 27 News at 10.

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