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FRIENDS PLAN MEMORIAL TONIGHT FOR KINGMAN FIRE VICTIM

Friends of a Kingman woman who died in a weekend fire will hold a candlelight memorial for her tonight as two state agencies continue to investigate her death.

Relatives said Vashti Seacat, 34, who worked at Cox Communication in Wichita, would be remembered most as a devoted mother.

"She was such an awesome mother," said her aunt, Karla Chase. "She was just an extremely loving, intelligent, caring person. She was always very, very positive — always had a bright, shining smile."

Kingman police said Seacat's body was found Saturday after an early-morning fire gutted her home at 200 E. B Ave. Her husband, Brett Seacat, escaped with the couple's two young children.

Jeff Wagaman, a spokesman for the Kansas Attorney General's Office, said an autopsy was performed on Vashti Seacat at the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center.

"The results are being studied and will not be released at this time," he said.

The Kansas State Fire Marshal's office is investigating the fire.

Chase said the candlelight memorial was organized by Seacat's friends and will begin at 6:30 p.m. today at 250 N. Pine, which is next to the house that burned.

Her brother, Rich Forrest, agreed that his sister would be remembered most as a devoted mother.

"She put her children first and foremost," he said. "She made every effort to provide her children with a solid basis for a better life."

But he said his sister also would be remembered as a valued friend.

"She was always happy to provide great advice," he said. "People looked to her as a rock in difficult situations."

A college trust fund for her sons, Brendan and Bronson Seacat, has been set up with Bank of America.

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