Funeral arrangements made for children killed by mother


ELKHART, Ind. (WNDU) Funeral arrangements have been released for two Fort Wayne children, killed by their mother earlier this week.

According to D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, in Fort Wayne, visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. for 6-year-old Rene Xavier Pasztor and 7-year-old Liliana Rene Hernandez. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to Ronald McDonald House.

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The Elkhart community came together on Thursday to remember the the siblings.

The prayer vigil took place on Marion Street, behind the Elkhart Police Department, where Amber Pasztor alerted an officer her kids were dead in the backseat of the car she was driving.

According to court documents, Pasztor admitted to smothering Liliana and her younger brother, Rene.

“I don’t know why anybody would do that to any baby,” said Amber Diaz, an Elkhart resident who attended the vigil. “Those babies are never coming back.”

The pain pierced some of the youngest in attendance, including the Mahar sisters, Madelyn and Marina.

“It makes me feel sad to know how little kids are treated and how they didn’t get to live their whole life,” expressed Marina.

The vigil organizer wanted to show the children’s hometown how Elkhart lived up to its name.

“We just want to lift [the children] up and lift up their families and send Fort Wayne that Elkhart, the City with a Heart, truly cares about what happened to their two little babies,” said Kimberly Braniff.

Elkhart Police Chief Ed Windbigler asked the public for its support, considering one of his own officer’s discovered the children’s bodies.

“We need you just as much as you need us when you call 911,” asked Windbigler.

Mourners sang “Happy Birthday” to Liliana, as Friday would have been her eighth birthday. Some family members attended.

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