Grandparents of toddlers who drowned in neighbor's pool talk about loss

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The grandparents of the two toddlers who drowned in a neighbor's pool on Monday are now raising money for their funeral expenses. (KFSN)

The grandparents of the two toddlers who drowned in a neighbor's pool on Monday are now raising money for their funeral expenses.

Neng and Nong Thao are leaning on family, friends, and the community now that their house is too quiet without their grandchildren-- two-year-old Elizabeth and three-year-old Jayce.

"My Jayce he's very, I don't know, he's very active. He likes to run around the house and sometimes it gets to me, but that's what I'm going to remember him by," said Nong.

"My little Elizabeth, I will never forget her smile every time she sees me. Her smiley face was always there. And I can never forget them," said Neng.

The grandparents are missing their daily hugs and kisses from the children. They have set up a GoFundMe account in an effort to help their son.

Jayce and Elizabeth got out of their house Monday morning and drowned in their neighbor's pool.

"I have nothing to help my son and also he's a very young parent. He's a single parent working part time supporting two children and he has nothing also," said Neng.

Their son had already left for work that fateful morning. Nong said every day after work he would come home and walk them down the street to a nearby park. They said he's devastated.

He and the children's mother are separated. On the family's GoFundMe page she wrote, "It haunts me every day through these sleepless nights knowing that my babies were all alone in their final hour."

As the family works to make funeral arrangements they're thanking the community for lending their support during this unthinkable time.

"The community, the neighbors here, have been really good to us. They've been bringing us food and monetary gifts and everything," said Nong.

At First and Olive streets family members and friends of the children held a car wash to help them raise money for their funerals. The services will be open to the public and will likely be held in the next 10 days.

Family members expect to be out at First and Olive for most of the day.

If you would like to contribute to the GoFundMe click here.
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