The Quad on the campus of SIU-Edwardsville was packed with family, friends, classmates and total strangers to honor the lives of two young women who died in a fire off-campus earlier this week. 21 year old Lacy Siddall and 19 year old Lauren Petersen were remembered last night during a candlelight vigil organized by a student campus ministry group. The two were students at SIUE and also natives of Bethalto.

A total of 500 candles were placed on a table and all were taken before the event began. A joint visitation and funeral service will be held today for the longtime friends at the Greater Alton Church in Rosewood Heights from 4-7pm. Firefighters say the blaze early Sunday at their apartment in the 600 block of Hillsboro was accidental.

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