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The 10 horses that died in a fire on Feb. 20 were remembered in a vigil Wednesday night.
"Through it all, we never lost our faith or our love for our horses," said Jim Smallwood, who with his wife Kim had four horses at Midnite Sun Training Center. They were among the 10 horses killed in the fire.
"There's a lot to go through yet. We have each other, and we'll definitely get through it," Jim Smallwood said.
Community members and fellow horse lovers lit candles to remember the horses lost and also to show needed support for the families involved.
"Now it's all over, it's just like a big nightmare," Kim Smallwood said.
There are still a lot of questions that loom with this particular situation. Many people would like to know how and why this happened.
"The shameful act of the cause of this fire can only be perpetrated by someone without love in their hearts and no soul," Jim Smallwood said.
A state fire marshal called the barn fire suspicious. In fact, the fire on Feb. 20 was the third fire on the farm in the last month.
"It makes it even harder, but I can't fathom somebody wanting to do this type of crime," Burton Fire Department Public Information Officer Ken Gould said.
The day the incident happened, police arrested a 16-year-old suspect. That suspect has since been released because the Genesee County prosecutor said there's not enough evidence. The investigation is back with the Burton Police Department. Of course, this is hard news for the horse owners, like the Smallwoods, to come to terms with.
"I don't even want to get into that at this point. It'll come," Jim Smallwood said, talking about justice for the horses.
In the Burton police report, they called for arson and animal neglect charges for the 16-year-old suspect. There is also talks of charging the suspect as an adult.
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Thursday, February 28 2013, 11:23 AM EST
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