Loved ones hold two separate vigils for mother & son killed in west valley house fire

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Family and friends gathered Friday to honor the lives of a mother and son killed in a west valley house fire; remembering them with two separate vigils at a northwest valley park. 

Renai Palmer and her 6-year-old son, Gavin Palmer, were killed in the blaze near Cimarron Road and Oakey Boulevard Tuesday. Fire investigators are still searching for a cause. 

“It’s not proper that I should be saying goodbye,” Gavin’s grandfather said of his grandson. 

The sound of sorrow echoed through the area as each vigil was held. This was coupled with the sight of so many tears. 

“It’s just absolutely horrible,” Renai’s friend Kristen told 8 News Now of the tragedy. “It’s not fair.”

Renai’s closest friends came together Friday afternoon and set up a makeshift memorial for her, complete with rose petals, flowers, pictures and balloons. 

Above is a picture slideshow the family shared with 8 News Now.

They each recalled Renai’s loving, positive outlook on life. The women also spoke of Renai and Gavin’s inseparable bond. 

“We lost such an amazing mother and a friend,” Renai’s friend Kristen told 8 News Now. “This should not have happened to her.”

“I’m going to miss you girl,” Renai’s friend Shannon added. “Oh my gosh.”

Just a few hours later, Gavin’s father Sean Murray held a larger vigil for everyone who knew and loved his son. 

“That’s the only thing that can help,” Murray said. “Surrounding yourself with people that love you.”

Now, as the investigation continues, they’re all left with unspeakable sadness. As they try to move forward, family and friends hope the endless support they’ve seen will help these two souls stay in their hearts forever. 

“I hope no one has to go through this experience alone,” Murray added. 

“Eventually we’ll all be up there,” Gavin’s grandfather said. “When I’m there, I will wrap my wings around him and I will never let him get hurt again.”

Gavin’s dad set up a GoFundMe to help cover the cost of his funeral. Go here to donate. Renai’s friends have started a GoFundme for her funeral expenses as well.

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