Published: Jun 04, 2010 5:58 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 04, 2010 2:58 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - It was an emotional morning at a Osceola Elementary School,  as students and teachers remembered three young murder victims whose lives were cut short. Their father, Mesac Damas, has admitted to killing his wife and five kids.

The Osceola Elementary community honored 6-year-old Maven, 5-year-old Marven and 9-year-old Meshach "Zack" Damas. Fellow classmates and teachers shared memories of the three youngsters, recalling how the kids were caring and loved learning. Their younger sisters, 3-year-old Megan and 19-month-old Morgan, and mother were also killed.

Zack was known for wearing black hats, so some of Zack's classmates wore black hats in his memory. Aunts, uncles and cousins of the victims also attended the memorial service; many could be seen wearing memorial T-shirts.

The Osceola Elementary School PTA raised $4,000 for a memorial bench.

Mesac Damas, now 34, admitted to the September 2009 murders of his five children and wife, Guerline Damas. Damas fled Naples and traveled to Haiti following  the murders; he was captured shortly thereafter and extradited to Miami. He later admitted to the murders.