Remembering Jeffrey

By WBNG News

March 21, 2011 Updated Mar 21, 2011 at 6:08 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Family and friends remember Jeffrey Aissa. Aissa was killed in a house fire Thursday on Milford Street.

Even though he was just 17, he left a lasting impression on many people.

"I'm so glad that I was your teacher. Even if just for a short time and I am thankful for what you taught me," said Sarah Comfort, one of Aissa's teachers.

To his teachers at Coolidge and East Middle Schools, Jeffrey Aissa was the teacher. They say the 17 year old was kind, respected, the voice of reason, the epitome of always doing your best and just "perfect".

"What's amazing to me is the amount of joy and love he brought to those around him. You all know that smile. It lit up the room and it melted your heart," said Sherry Andrews, Aissa's 3rd grade teacher.

Nearly 100 people gathered in St. Paul's Church in Binghamton for his funeral service.

Early Thursday morning, fire destroyed the Aissa family's home on Milford Street. Jeffrey did not make it out. The rest of the Aissa family escaped.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Binghamton Police are calling it suspicious.

Those who spoke of Jeffrey at his service, say he and his twin brother, Jacob were often known as one because they were so close.

HIs teachers say Jeffrey's sense of humor drew people in so much where you couldn't take your attention off of him.

"He was able to bring people together in more ways than you will ever know," said Andrew Hall, Jeffrey's 5th grade teacher.

"I know that the amount of love and joy this beautiful child gave to all of us in 17 short years is more than I will ever accomplish in my lifetime," said Andrews.

Ariana Aissa was injured while escaping the fire and has since been released from the hospital.

A benefit for the Aissa family will be held on Sunday. It's from 12-5 at Flashbacks.

An account has been set up at Visions Federal Credit Union at the Oakdale Mall.

Those wishing to donate by mail or in person should ask for "The Aissa Family Fund."