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Mother of 2 teens killed in murder-suicide needs help with funeral

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EL PORTAL, Fla. (WSVN) -- A mother is asking for the public's help with burying her two sons after tragedy struck her family.

"It's not easy after I lost two sons. It's a tragedy this family could've never seen coming," said Saintamise Blanc, whose two teenage sons died after an altercation. On Memorial Day weekend, 14-year-old Stephen Odeus and his 16-year-old brother Stanley Blanc started fighting over clothes inside their Little Haiti apartment. The argument spilled outside where things escalated.

"It happened right in my face. I was less then five feet away," said Marc Blanc, the brother of the two dead brothers. Marc Blanc said 14-year-old Stephen pulled out a gun and shot Stanley right before his eyes, then Stephen turned the gun on himself. The family is still unsure where the gun came from.

The mother is trying to bury her sons, but she cannot afford it. "$17,000 to bury my kids together," said Saintamise Blanc.

Nearly a month after the shooting, the family has still been unable to give Stephen and Stanley a proper burial. They have raised about $5,000 but still have a long way to go.

Several makeshift memorials have popped up across the family's apartment complex where the shooting happened. The family is turning to the community for help in raising $12,000 to be able to bury their two boys. "Since I lost my family, no more happy, no more fun, no more nothing for me," said Saintamise Blanc.

"It's not been easy," said Kedner Pierre-Louis, the boys' stepfather. "It's been pretty difficult, the death of those two boys. They were my boys."

The family said that support has gotten them through tough times. They still need more help with their final wish for Stephen and Stanley to rest in peace together. "If anyone could help us, it will be greatly appreciated," said Pierre-Louis.

If you would like to help the family, you can donate money to the following Wells Fargo Account account number: 3559703214, c/o of Saintamise Blanc.

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