Michael Zennie
July 02, 2016 08:10 PM

The father of two Texas sisters who were killed by their mother inspired friends and family with his strength as his daughters were laid to rest on Saturday.

“If you have loved ones, tell them you love them every day and give them a hug because you never know it might be your last day,” Jason Sheats told friends at family at the funeral, according to local TV station WAFF-TV.

Madison, 17, and Taylor Sheats, 22, were buried in their native Decatur, Alabama, after they were shot and killed June 24 by their mother, 42-year-old Christy Sheats, who was then shot and killed by police.

From left: Madison and Taylor Sheats
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Christy was not buried with her daughters and it’s unclear where her grave will be.

Former high school classmates from Jason’s Alabama hometown gathered to support him at the funeral for his daughters.

Marsha Hill, who attended high school with Jason, told WAFF-TV that she found his strength inspiring.

Mourners gathered Saturday at the funeral for Madison and Taylor Sheats
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The girls were laid to rest in their native Decatur, Georgia, where both parents grew up
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“He said one thing with his children he knows he has peace with, is that he loved his kids. His kids knew that he loved him, and his kids loved him,” Hill said.

“And he showed them and kissed them and loved him every day.”

They are also raising money to help support the father, following the deaths of his wife and two daughters, with a GoFundMe page.

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