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Nikia, Cristos & Bella Lopez

$47,337 of $68,000 goal

Raised by 698 people in 3 months
Created October 28, 2017

Cristos and Isabella Lopez burial:

The Celebration of life at Grace Point Church had over 400 supporting people from the community.  Friends, family, classmates, educators, first responders and one of the 911 callers were all in attendance.  Physically and emotionally drained Nikia composed herself, stood up and addressed the community at the podium with what could only be described as emotional and inspirational words that left everyone in tears.  The community is devastated at how such a tragedy has unfolded for Nikia in less than 12 hours after dropping her kids off at their father's for the weekend.  Below are the news coverage and the slideshow that was shown during the service at the church.

https://youtu.be/ZIFszicghLM 

https://youtu.be/2Z-eGN4lLVk 


It is unimaginable for a parent to lose a young child. But can you imagine losing two of them at one time in a fire? Isabella Lopez was just 7 years old. Her brother Cristos, who was her trusted protector, was just 10.  A few minutes after 3 AM on October 28th, the kids were sleeping when a fire broke out in their father's Rancho Bernardo condo. Cristos and Isabella didn't make it out alive. Their father Henry, survived but he is in the ICU. (He and his wife, Nikia are separated.) As you can imagine, Nikia is beyond devastated. She is broken. Those children were her life. Now, on top of with mourning the death of her two kids, who died so tragically, the mother is worried about how she will pay for her children's medical and funeral costs. This is where we are asking for your help. We would sincerely appreciate any amount you can donate to the mother.

 Cristos was a 5th grader at Sunset Hills Elementary school. He loved playing basketball and was the MVP of his basketball team. He dreamed of playing professionally. But he also thought about being a banker because he was so good at math. And whenever you saw Cristos, he always had the biggest, warmest and most infectious smile for you. Even at just 10 years old, he always asked how you were doing with a quirky shyness that matched his caring personality. His family adored him. So did his friends and classmates. No doubt, he WILL missed.
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Little Isabella was the family firecracker. She had a spark that proved she could do anything. And she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. Even though she was the baby sister, she acted like Cristos’ big sister, as she liked to watch over him. As a second grader at Sunset Hills Elementary, she loved reading and wanted to become a doctor. She loved helping people. Most knew her as “Bella”. And if she saw you from across the room, she would go out of her way just to say hello.

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When firefighters arrived, Cristos, Isabella and their father were all unconscious. Firefighters carried the children out of the burning home and rushed them to the hospital but they would not survive. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Cristos and Isabella were more than just siblings. They were best friends. Nothing will bring those children back but we hope you can help at least ease the financial burden as they lay their beloved children to rest. Thank you for your help!

 -Donald and Sam

Cristos and Bella Lopez you will be remembered and not forgotten.

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Cristos and Isabella Lopez burial:

The Celebration of life at Grace Point Church had over 400 supporting people from the community. Friends, family, classmates, educators, first responders and one of the 911 callers were all in attendance. Physically and emotionally drained Nikia composed herself, stood up and addressed the community at the podium with what could only be described as emotional and inspirational words that left everyone in tears. The community is devastated at how such a tragedy has unfolded for Nikia in less than 12 hours after dropping her kids off at their father's for the weekend. Below are the news coverage and the slideshow that was shown during the service at the church.

News coverage on celebration of life
Remembrance of Cristos and Bella
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Cristos and Isabella Lopez were granted their angel wings on October 28th 2017, from an unfortunate fire at their residence in Rancho Bernardo, CA.
Cristos was born June 6, 2007, in La Jolla, California. and was a 5th grader at Sunset Hills Elementary. He enjoyed playing basketball and was the MVP of his basketball team. He loved and excelled in both math and science, and his wish was to become a professional basketball player or banker.
Isabella, known to many as “Bella”, was born November 13, 2009, in San Diego, California. She was a 2nd grader at Sunset Hills Elementary. She enjoyed dancing, gymnastics, and shopping, especially with her mother. She loved and excelled in reading, writing and Art. Her nurturing quality for helping people propelled her to always feel the need to care for others. These qualities gave her the dream to one day become a doctor.
Cristos and Isabella’s lives were too short, but those who were touched by the two of them understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His gentle smile could melt the hearts of those around him and though he spoke softly, his voice and thoughts could always be heard. Her spirited outward personality energized the people around her, attracting you to her instantly.
With Cristos and Isabella’s passing we remind others that their life is one to be celebrated. Although we will miss both of them every day, especially their winning smiles. They will forever remain in our hearts. Through their teachings about life, we were able to create wonderful memories and it has been a privilege to be a part of their lives.
Cristos and Isabella are survived by their loving parents, Henry and Nikia Lopez; sisters Mariah and Sahana Cletus; Lowe grandparents from San Diego; Lopez grandparents from Nebraska; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and school family. Oh, and let’s not forget their two dogs Gusgus and Geno.
There will be a memorial service November 10, 2017 at 8:00 am at Grace Point Church, 13340 Hayford Way, San Diego, California. Doors open at 7:15 am.
**Children are encouraged to come.
** Please dress casual (no black attire). If you wish to bring flowers there will be a receiving container. Wild flowers are highly encouraged. No Roses, please.
Grave side service will be at Miramar Cemetery at 10:30 am, 5795 Nobel Dr, San Diego, CA
Donations may be made to: https://www.gofundme.com/qgfy9kec
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