By Joe Johnson
Kairi Vongtonthip Thao was killed early Friday morning when a fire tore through her family’s home on Matthew School Road in Winder.
The 8-year-old child’s grandfather, Nhia Chue Thao, remains hospitalized in critical condition.
One other adult is also in the hospital; Officials have not released the person’s name or condition.
Friends of the family have now set up a GoFundMe to help pay for the child’s funeral expenses, her grandfather’s medical bills and to help them recover from the fire.
“Kairi was really loving, caring, thoughtful, friendly and was very sweet,” her mother said on the GoFundMe page. “She was the kindest, smartest, most beautiful little girl I’ve ever known. A lot of people that knew her would say the same thing. She lit up the room everywhere she went and always knew how to make everyone laugh and smile.”