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3 children remembered as happy, loving during joint funeral service


One of three caskets are carried one at a time from Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania, following a funeral service for Paige Hayes, 10, Logan Hayes, 7, and Madalyn Hayes, 5, earlier today.

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A funeral service was held today for three children who were killed by their grandmother and uncle in a murder-suicide last week.

The hour-long service at Olivet Lutheran Church on Monroe Street in Sylvania was attended by more than 100 people.

The siblings, Paige Hayes, 10, Logan Hayes, 7, and Madalyn Hayes, 5, were remembered as happy and loving children.

The three were found dead inside their grandparents' West Toledo garage -- along with their grandmother, Sandy Ford, 56, and uncle, Andy Ford, 32 -- of carbon monoxide poisoning. The children had been living with their grandparents and uncle since 2009 so their parents, Chris and Mandy Hayes, could focus their attention on another sibling who had "behavioral issues."

The children moved back into their Sylvania Township home on Nov. 8. Four days later, after Mrs. Hayes dropped the children off at school Mrs. Ford took them -- before they ever made it to class -- and apparently took them back to the Harvest Lane home in West Toledo where they were found dead that afternoon by Toledo police and fire crews.

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