FORT WORTH The family of nine-year-old David Ramirez, who died in a horrific house fire last week, is now having to deal with thieves targeting what's left of their home.

Over the weekend, neighbors living off Rockdale Road noticed someone going in and out of the Ramirez family's charred house. Several items including a washer and dryer were loaded into a pickup truck and hauled away.

'I knew it wasn't right,' said Leticia Valdez through an interpreter. 'We wrote down the license plate number.'

Police arrested Willie Ray Young, 76, in connection to a theft at the property. That investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, the Ramirez family is trying to push forward.

Oscar Ramirez, who was watching his three younger siblings when the fire erupted on Thursday morning, said he won't forget those fateful moments.

'There was a lot of black smoke as soon as I woke up,' he said.

The 14-year-old tried to get all of his brothers out quickly, but said David panicked when a window wouldn't open.

Ultimately, he was only able to save the two younger ones, ages two and five.

'I managed to get two of my brothers, and I thank God for that,' he said.

The family is struggling to pay for funeral arrangements.

Anyone who wants to donate can visit a Bank of America branch, ask for the Italia De La Cruz account and the David Ramirez Fund. You can also donate here.

A public wake for the family is set for Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Home in Fort Worth. A private burial will be held on Thursday morning.


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