Family of 4-year-old killed in house fire say their final goodbye

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- While saying goodbye one last time, the family of a little boy who died in a house fire remember him as always having a smile on his face.

"He would light up a room. Even strangers. He'd walk up to strangers 'Hey! Hi!'," Stacy Watson said.

Four-year-old Ja-Rome Clark was beloved by his family. On Friday, they gathered for his celebration of life.

"If you say something to him, he's going to smile, like a deep smile, and a pretty smile," Clark's sister Trinity Watson said.

Clark, one of seven children for Stacy Watson, was in his family home on Nov. 20 when a fire broke out. Watson and her neighbors tried to save the little boy, who was on the third floor of their home, but they were unable to bypass the flames.

"My son was tortured in the fire. My son didn't deserve that. My son was only four years old. He only lived four years. I'm used to waking up and my son saying, 'Mommy, I love you.' When I come from work, my son acts like he ain't never seen me before," Watson said.

For Watson, this pain is indescribable, and now, she is grieving a second son.

"This is not my only child that I lost. Two years later, I'm back here again. I wouldn't imagine in a million years that I'd be in this funeral home again, burying another child. The way I feel is unexplainable. Losing a child is unbearable," she said.

In 2020, Watson lost her one-year-old son to health complications from a birth defect. She and her surviving five children lost everything in the fire and are accepting donations from those willing to extend a helping hand.

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