Parents of boy lost in fire speak out: 'All you can think about is all his happy moments'

CREATED Feb 18, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Blue tarps now cover the upstairs bedroom where firefighters found Miguel Quintanilla, a seven-year-old boy who died after a house fire on Saturday. His parents said the pain they’re feeling after his death is just too much to take.

Eva Graf can’t believe her son is no longer here.

“He was a beautiful boy, he was loved by everybody, he was super spoiled, he was very happy,” Graf said.

You can see how much this bright seven-year-old loved the Green Bay Packers. A photo shows his first taste of a cream puff from the Wisconsin State Fair.

“All you can think about is all his happy moments and as you see him laying there, it’s hard,” said Osvaldo Quintanilla, Miguel’s father.

Miguel was home with his grandfather Saturday morning when the fire broke out. A neighbor spotted smoke and flames coming from the second floor. Miguel was found not breathing and without a pulse. He was revived twice but his condition took a turn for the worse when he arrived at the hospital.

Eva and Osvaldo are both combat veterans and spent time in the Middle East. The battles of war pale in comparison to losing their little boy.

The family had no insurance. A fund has been set up to help offset the costs to Quintanilla's family. You can donate to the fund at -


Miguel Quintanilla Fund
V.A. Credit Union
5000 W National Avenue Rm B0431
Milwaukee, WI 53295