WARE - Every night, Sara Bermudez shared an evening prayer with her three children.
Together they prayed to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to the guardian angels, and as their lives were celebrated Tuesday at a funeral Mass at All Saints Roman Catholic Church in Ware, mourners also prayed, reciting the Hail Mary, as they wiped tears from their eyes.
Moses Bermudez, whose wife and three children were found March 1 after being killed inside their West Brookfield home, stood strongly as his father read a Scripture in Spanish. During the service, his eyes rarely strayed from the oversized, lavender-gray casket in which his wife and children were laid to rest.
The mother and children were remembered fondly by the Rev. Piotr Calik. They had once come to him asking if he would bless some water so they could have holy water at home, he said.
“We should say thank you to all of them,” Rev. Calik said. “To Sara for her love for God and family, because that was evident to me, that she always cared for all of those children and all of the family members.”
Madison, 8, should be thanked for her smile, he said.
“When she was here she was smiling and you couldn’t say any bad words to her. She was always keeping that smile on her face,” he said. “To James (age 6) for his laugh, because I remember that laugh as well ... he was very busy when he was here.”
Michael, just 2 years old, was remembered for his joy.
And while “two years was very short for us,” the time with Sara, Madison, James and Michael was a gift from God, the priest said.
“We had that privilege, to know them,” Rev. Calik said. “They are still with us, protecting us - especially Moses - they will be with you.”
There was no mention of the crime that left the mother and her children dead, the victims of homicide, inside their home, where they were found by a family member called to check on them on March 1.
Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. last spoke publicly about the homicides on March 3 when he identified the four members of the Bermudez family and asked for help from the public in finding a yellow fuel can that was missing from the house.
Since then there have been no updates as state police detectives assigned to Mr. Early’s office work on the case. A spokesman for the district attorney declined to say whether any other agencies have joined the investigation.
During the funeral, a police officer in uniform sat at the back of the church.
With heavy snow blanketing the ground and falling onto white flowers atop the casket as it was carried from the church, about 40 people who attended Tuesday’s funeral joined the procession.
Moses Bermudez walked alongside, his hand on the casket, as the pipe organ played the final hymn.