Photo via Lexi and Sean Monroe, who died when they became trapped inside a hope chest, will be laid to rest Monday. Credit:

Two Franklin children who died after they became trapped in a hope chest will be laid to rest Monday.

The funeral for 8-year-old Lexi Monroe and her brother Sean, 7,who died while playing in a chest at their Franklin home, will take place at St. Mary's Church in Franklin on Monday morning, followed by a burial at St. Mary's Cemetery.

At a vigil in the children's honor held Friday evening at the Franklin Town Common,a large group of people gathered together to listen to music, hold candles and released balloons into the air.


A friend of the family who attended high school with the Monroe children's father created a GoFundMe pageto raise money for the Monroes. As of Monday morning, the page had already gathered $27,450.

"I am hoping we all can come together and give anything to help support them through this trying time and help to lighten some of the cost," said page creator Dawn Marquis. "I understand times are tough for us all and any small amount will help and prayersare always welcome."

In the children's obituary published on the Ginley Funeral Home website, Lexi is remembered forher love of dancing and singing, and playing with her favorite doll, Julia. Seanloved Lego Star Wars, going fishing and eating marshmallow fluff.Both were students at Davis Thayer School in Franklin.

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