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Friends, loved ones gather to honor DeSoto fire victims

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Mississippi state fire investigators are working to determine what sparked the blaze that took the lives of two men over the weekend in DeSoto County.

Wednesday night family and friends came together to honor their memory.

It appeared that the entire community of Eudora was present for the vigil.

They lit a candle and remembered the two men and the light they were while they were in the community.

The vigil was held in the corner lot of Wren Cove, a typical gathering spot for parties in Eudora throughout the summer. However, Wednesday's gathering was not a happy occasion. 

Friends and family of Sammy Artrip and Danny Thomas, known as 'Red', threw a party as one big tearful and joyous remembrance of the two men who lost their lives.

"Those were two of the best friends I ever had," lifelong friend Duston McCullough said. "I wish I could have them back."

Eudora firefighters found Artrip and Thomas' bodies inside the mobile home they shared Saturday morning just two hours after the two men left MucCullough and his girlfriend.

That night the four of them were putting the final touches on the BBQ they planned to submit the next day for a competition. 

McCullough learned of his friend's death an hour before they were supposed to meet.

"It's so small that you know this is tragic," friend and neighbor Megan Crafton said. "This is the worst thing that's probably ever happened in a long, long, long time."

Candles brought a warm glow to the darkness that has now fallen on their place. Pictures line the property covering the crime scene tape that blocks the entrance.

But, for the two men's friends, they said they're not asking 'why'.

"I'm not going to ask myself why because we can't question, so it was their time and just hope that they know we loved them," Crafton said.

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