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From the “Pink Out on Halloween” Facebook page. 

Pink lights are popping up on porches in Nebraska cities and beyond in memory of four young girls and their parents.

A Facebook group called “Pink Out on Halloween” is asking people to put up pink porch lights or strands of pink lights on Halloween night and keep them up for the month of November for the Speer family.

Last week the family was killed in a fire at their rural Nehawka home. Fire investigators said ash or embers from a living room fireplace ignited carpeting and furniture, sparking the blaze.

Officials said the smoke produced by the fire would have filled the two-story house and led to the deaths of all six people.

On Tuesday about 1,000 people filled a Bellevue church to say goodbye to Mike and Michelle Speer, both 36, and the four girls, Elli Perez, 11; Adilynn, 7; Emma, 5; and Anniston, 2.

Starting in Murray, the group’s organizers will be handing out pink glow sticks for children for Halloween in memory of “these beautiful angels,” the Facebook post said.

Already, people have posted pictures on Facebook of their pink lights in Nehawka, Papillion, Bellevue, Beaver Lake, Plattsmouth, Omaha, Lincoln and as far away as San Antonio and South Carolina.

The Plattsmouth Rescue Squad and Volunteer Fire Department put up pink lights outside its bay doors.

And Sunday the top of the Woodmen Tower in downtown Omaha will be lit with pink lights in honor of the family., 402-444-1192


Emily covers K-12 education, including Omaha Public Schools. Previously, Emily covered local government and the Nebraska Legislature for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @emily_nitcher. Phone: 402-444-1192.

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