Community mourns children killed in house fire - WNEM TV 5

Community mourns children killed in house fire

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A third child has died and a man and woman are in custody as police continue to investigate a house fire.

It happened Friday, June 10 at 643 Vermilya Ave in Flint.

Teressa Johnson said the neighborhood is still in disbelief.

She started a small memorial in front of their home and is happy to see the tribute grow.

“See the visual that I started, to know people came out. And actually care,” Johnson said.

A man identifying himself as the uncle of the children said 13-year-old Onyah Starkey and 4-year-old Kayden died Friday morning. A third child died over the weekend. 

Members of the Christian group Revive Flint walked the streets praying for the family and neighbors.

Rhonda Summers said it's a small way to help heal a broken community.

“The family still has a lot of questions too. The neighbor we met, they feel the same way. Can't believe this happened in their neighborhood and can't believe it at all,” Summers said.

The children's uncle did not want to go on camera, but said the woman who was taken into custody was the children's mother. Police have not released their names, and charges are still pending. 

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Summers said knowing this information doesn't relieve any of the sadness of the horrific fire.

“They're hurting just as much. You can't be a normal person and do something like this,” Summers said.

For Johnson, she said it's a small bit of peace in this tragedy.

“I'm happy. They found the people. I'm hoping whatever connections they have, information, they give it. If not, may God have mercy on their soul,” Johnson said.

Stick with TV5 for continuing coverage as we learn more information about this tragedy.

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