Abilene family holds memorial to remember toddler killed in apartment fire

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JONES COUNTY, Texas (KTAB) – On July 12, 2017 Ashley Hardy and her two boys Liam and Aiden were rescued from their apartment after it caught fire.  Liam was burned on more than 80 percent of his body and passed away in a Lubbock hospital.  His mother Ashley spent the next eight months in hospitals recovering from extensive burns.  Today the family held a memorial to remember the little boy.

For the last year, recovery has been the focus for Ashley Hardy and her family.

“It’s been hard,” Ashley said.

After suffering the loss of her son Liam and suffering major injuries from the flames, Ashley spent months in Lubbock getting stronger every day.
 
“They told me I couldn’t do something and I was like ‘watch me.  I’ll prove you wrong,'” Ashley said.
 
While the external wounds were getting better, emotional healing took a back seat.
 
“We said from the beginning that we wasn’t going to have a service until Ashley was able to be here and when she was ready,” Ashley’s father, Larry Reed said.
 
Now just more than a year after the fire, Ashley is ready.
 
“Not that it’s going to be easy but we can move on,” Reed said.
 
Gathering with family and friends, the Hardy’s held a memorial service for Liam at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, also known as the “Jesus Saves” church off Highway 277.
 
“I needed it.  We needed it,” Ashley said.
 
There were pictures, videos and a few of Liam’s favorite things to help remember the little boy.
 
“It’s just all those memories.  All the things I was able to do with him. Things his brother and me both got to experience with him just being able to see them again I know we made the most of his life,” Ashley said.
 
The service gave Ashley and the rest of the family a chance to not say good bye but, I’ll see you later.

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