Memorial Held For Kilgore Explosion Victims

A year after a monstrous explosion shattered the community of Kilgore, families are still trying to hold on to their memories. Family and friends gathered this morning at the former site of Lamb Pyro-technics Fireworks warehouse for a memorial service honoring 3 people who were killed in the Kilgore blast.

"Its not about legal issues its not about buildings and destruction.. Its about how we as an extended family have come together," said Joe Lamb, the owner of Lamb Pyrotechnics.

Last June the 3rd the monstrous explosion occurred at the warehouse sending shock waves for miles around. Marvin Lamb, Marty Donner and Melinda Edmondson were all killed.  Their families have found refuge in each other.

"One year ago in a millisecond, my husband was with his Lord Jesus Christ," said widow Jean Donner.

"We know that they would not want us to be mourning or depressed, but living the gift of life," says Lamb. The pain of that one day in June will always be with them, but they will hold onto each other and the memories of those they lost.

The family plans to sell the old property site and build a new business in Upshur county that will be named after the explosion victims.

Bob Hallmark reporting.