“It’s really sad:” A fifth night of prayers as family and friends prepare to lay Kenosha children to rest

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KENOSHA -- A fifth night of prayers for a family in Kenosha. Two children died Friday, September 11th and their mother is accused of killing them after a fight with their father. Lucia Hernandez Alvarez was in court on Thursday, September 17th as the community continues to wrap their arms around the family.

Alicia and Javier Hernandez

Alicia and Javier Hernandez

For days vigils have been held for the two children, three-year-old Alicia Hernandez and one-year-old Javier Hernandez. Friends say it is a Mexican tradition leading up to the children's funeral.

Candles are lit and prayers continue in front of the home on 33rd Avenue in Kenosha. Family and friends gather to remember the two young lives.

"The people wanted to show their love for the families and for the kids," said Rosalinda Gutierrez, family friend.

Investigators say the children were given liquid Tylenol and Motrin, and when they fell asleep, Hernandez-Alvarez is accused of suffocating them. She then tried to kill herself.

"It's really sad you know," said Gutierrez.

The children's father returned from work to find the three in a bedroom -- his two children were dead.

"It's really hard, you know...really hard," said Gutierrez.

It is a tragedy that has touched a community, hoping prayers can help heal.

Family friends are holding fundraisers and have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses.

The children will be buried Friday, September 19th.