13 horses killed in Lowell barn fire remembered at memorial

People in West Michigan are mourning the loss of 13 horses killed in a barn fire last weekend in Lowell.

LOWELL, MICH. - The 13 horses killed in a barn fire on April 8 are being remembered for the good they brought to many lives.

Hundreds of people met Saturday, April 15, at the Barn For Equine Learning to share stories and memories of the beloved therapy horses. Ace, Roxy, Grandma, Fiona, Romeo, Monty, Razz, Elwood, Gopher, Hero, Bo, Simon, Tinkerbell were killed inside their stalls.

"They were support ... just as much as some of those kids that shared their stories," founder Kat Welton said. "It gave them an out, a safe place to be -- a therapeutic place."

Earlier: Theraputic horse barn experienced suspicious behavior leading up to fire

Although the horses are no longer with The Barn, Welton is convinced they were at the memorial.

"The wind, yeah of course. It's amazing to think that they're not here right now but they're all together as a herd, they were good buddies," Welton said.

Many others in attendance felt the same way.

"We've received so much support thorough calls and emails and sending letters, but it was still just hard to expect how many people came out here to support us," said Shana McGovern, who sits on the board of directors for the barn.

Through the tears, the hugs and the laughs, it's time to say goodbye.

"They will forever dance in our dreams, gallop through our hearts and leave hoof prints on our souls," a child said.

"You guys are -- it's time for you to rest," Welton said.

The Lowell Fire Department was also at the memorial. As of now, no one is in custody in connection with the fire. However, earlier this week, the sheriff's department said they are aware of a person of interest.

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