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VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) - A community is mourning the loss of two young children.

They were killed Saturday morning in a house fire.

A fire, officials said, was set by their soon to be step-father.

Several hundred people took part in a memorial service at the site of the fire on Fischer Road Sunday night. 

There wasn't a dry eye Sunday night on Fischer Road as over 100 family members, friends and strangers blocked traffic to remember Caleb and Alyssa Lynch.

"It's definitely an eye-opener how people take life for granted," neighbor Jon Boring said.

Boring became emotional as he looked at the empty swings where his neighbors Caleb and Alyssa Lynch used to play.

"Great kids," Boring said. "A lot of life, uh, they played out here all the time on their swing set, uh, they constantly wanted me to take them on the four wheeler."

Caleb and Alyssa Lynch's lives were taken Saturday in a house fire authorities said was set by there soon to be step-father Jeffery Weisheit.

According to a neighbor, Weisheit was supposed to be home watching the children while his fiancée, Lisa Lynch, was at work, but authorities on scene of the blaze said he wasn't home and his yellow sports car was missing.

With the help of Boone County, Kentucky authorities, Weisheit was found in the area.

In exclusive video given to 14 News, you can see Weisheit lying on the ground after he was tased for resisting arrest.

"I couldn't imagine Jeff ever doing anything like this," Boring said. "You know, I know people have breaking points, but this just doesn't seem like something Jeff would do."

Boring said he may never know the reason why, and all he and his neighbors can do is to begin the healing process.

The family said they will be setting up a memorial fund, and 14 News will bring you those details.

As for Weisheit, he is currently being held in Hamilton County, Kentucky.

Sheriff Eric Williams said he will be brought back to Vanderburgh County early this week.

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