SAN ANTONIO – Family and friends lit candles, joined in prayer and shared memories of Josh Moreno, 12, Saturday at a vigil in his honor.
"When I think of him I know he's been by my side, because without him, I wouldn't be standing here. I keep feeling him saying,'Come on mom. It's OK, you have to be strong, you can do this,'" said Cynthia Bala, Josh's mother.
Firefighters found the body of Moreno last Saturday as they put out the flames at his home in the 15000 block of Pioneer Sky in West Bexar County.
"We've tried to get answers and we've been told it could be up to two to three months. We would like that comfort to know what happened, why it happened. But everything is still up in the air," Bala said.
Bala admits the outpouring of love and support, even from total strangers, was unexpected.
"It's very heart-touching because he always thought that nobody liked him, and he thought everybody was out to get him and this proves to him. What more proof can you have?" Bala said.
Services for the boy will be held at the Castillo Mission Funeral Home. The visitation is scheduled Tuesday at 2 p.m. and the service is set for 7 p.m.
The funeral service will be held at the same location Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the San Fernando Cemetery III.
Bala said she and her family will continue to lean on each for support, especially in the next few days.
"We pretty much start tipping over and we push each other up and that's just the week it's been. We try and remember the good times and laugh," she said.