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Fire victim Ceydi Karina Corrales, 9, remembered during mass in East Boston

The Rev. Daniel Zinger prayed Saturday during a Mass honoring the life of Ceydi Karina Corrales at Most Holy Redeemer Church in East Boston. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

The six-alarm fire broke out around 5 a.m. April 2, destroying neighboring multi-family homes on Meridian Street and damaging a nearby home on West Eagle Street, fire officials said.

A resident of 430 Meridian St. died in the fire. Authorities have not released the name of the first victim, whose identity is being confirmed through DNA testing, a spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney’s office said Friday.

The cause of the fire, which displaced about 30 residents, remains under investigation, a Boston Fire Department spokesman said.

Ceydi lived in East Boston with her mother, an immigrant from Honduras, said Zinger, who also administered the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and the last rites to the girl.

He said he heard Ceydi had died last Saturday.

Ceydi’s mother did not attend the mass Saturday morning, but Zinger told mourners he planned to meet her later in the day. He asked the Globe not to publish her name.

In a sermon in Spanish and English, Zinger encouraged mourners to pray for Ceydi’s family.

The girl’s mother arranged to have her body returned to Honduras, where some of her family still lives, said Zaida Adames, an outreach worker at Mutual Aid Eastie, a nonprofit organization.

Zaida Adames (center) and Alba Galeano (right) prayed with others during a Mass in honor of Ceydi at Most Holy Redeemer Church. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Adames described Ceydi as a “lively little girl with lots of dreams” who clung to her mother’s side and did everything with her. She loved makeup and eating dolls, had lots of friends and looked forward to growing up, Adames said.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, where Ceydi was being treated, Adames said the girl’s mother begged for her life.

“We are a team. We are together. What should I do without you?” Adames quoted Ceydi’s mother.

A GoFundMe campaign organized on April 10 included a photo of Ceydi in a hospital bed with her head wrapped in white bandages.

According to the GoFundMe campaign, she suffered collapsed lungs, severe brain damage and was placed in a coma.

On the night of April 12, Adames said Ceydi’s mother asked her to approach hospital staff with a request.

“Can you ask them if I can spend one last night with my daughter?” I just want to be alone with my daughter,” Adames quoted her as saying. “I asked the nurse and they said it was fine.”

Adames said the community will support Ceydi’s mother.

“They come here for their dream and then a tragedy happens. We will always be with (the mother), all the time,” she said. “This is a very loving, close-knit community. We suffer for the neighbors. We take care of our loved ones.”

In a statement, a city spokesperson said several departments have offered support to the fire victims, including housing options.

Alba Galeano, a lector who gave two readings at the Mass for Ceydi, said she met the girl and her mother at MGH.

She said she was introduced to the family through a friend who called her on April 12.

“I’m calling you. I don’t know why, but God inspired me to call you and I had to obey,” Galeano quoted her friend as saying.

The friend told her Ceydi’s story and gave her a phone number for the girl’s mother, Galeano said.

She said she was deeply moved by Ceydi’s mother and her decision to have her daughter baptized before she died.

“It was about her bringing faith to her child at the last minute,” Galeano said.

She said she asked Ceydi’s mother for permission to visit them in the hospital, and she agreed.

In Ceydi’s hospital room, Galeano said she prayed with the girl’s mother.

“I would like her to be remembered,” she said.

Judy Lyons, who also attended the mass, said she has lived on Meridian Street for 46 years.

Judy Lyons of East Boston lives near the homes that caught fire April 2, claiming the lives of 9-year-old Ceydi Karina Corrales and another victim, whose identity is being confirmed by authorities. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

On the morning of the fire, Lyons said she heard screaming, looked out her back window and saw the second house catching fire.

The fire has taken its toll on the neighborhood and parishioners were shocked at last Sunday’s Mass when Zinger announced Ceydi’s death.

“We thought she had a chance,” Lyons said.

She said she attended Saturday’s service to honor Ceydi and her mother.

“I really didn’t know the people in that house, but when a neighbor gets hurt, we’re hurt too,” Lyons said before the mass. “That’s why I’m here for that little girl and her mother.”


Laura Crimaldi can be reached at [email protected]. follow her @lauracrimaldi.