East Harlem victims memorialized a week after fatal explosion

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EAST HARLEM (PIX11) – They came in the heavy rain and the cold to East Harlem. Dozens of mourners came to pay their respects to a mother and daughter who died in the explosion.

Stunned mourners kept their heads down while solemnly walking into the R.G. Ortiz Funeral Home in East Harlem. Inside were two of the victims being laid to rest —  a mother and daughter,  Rosaura-Barrios Vazquez and Rosaura Hernandez-Barrios.

They were 2o of the eight people killed in the East Harlem explosion.

On Tuesday, the NTSB said that there in fact a gas leak at the site, but the cause is still under investigation.

Flowers and broken hearts filled the funeral home located just a few blocks  from the explosion site.

The women lived above the Spanish Christian Church that collapsed in the explosion. Hernandez Barrios worked at a Midtown restaurant. Friends said she had a bright future ahead of her.

Funeral home crowd

One East Harlem resident didn’t know the women, but told us he felt compelled to come to pay his respects.

Mourners told PIX11 about the Mexican music that played inside the Funeral Hone for their heritage.

Friends told us the women were being taken to Mexico Wednesday night for burial.