Ind. children killed in tragic house fired laid to rest


by Johnny Archer

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 11 at 10:04 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Family and friends held each other as preparations were underway to bury three young children.

The public came to pay respect to 6-year-old Tai’Zah, four-year-old Tyrese and two-year-old Trinity.

They were all siblings and were all killed in a house fire one week ago in New Albany, Ind.

“That is a tragic situation and me as a minister, I feel that it’s my duty to be here to support the family and the friends that really loved these kids,” Jimmy Sullivan, a funeral attendee said.

Sullivan didn’t know the family well but wanted to pay respect to them as many others did at the children’s visitation and funeral at St. Stephen’s Church in Louisville.

Some wore shirts in honor of the siblings who lived in a close knit community.

“For the area of New Albany, it really hit home. It really did,” Sullivan said.

No more than a mile away from where the fire happened is where the family lived. Outside their door is a growing make-shift memorial with three “T’s” for Trinity, Tyrese and Tai’Zah.

“We are devastated for the loss of the three babies and we are ever so grateful of Tatyana’s daily improvement,” Tatyana’s grandmother Deborah Bradley said.

5-year-old Tatyana was a fourth sibling who made it out alive but received severe burns to her body. Her grandmother and great-grandmother are grateful she’s alive.

“The lord is just blessing each and every day so she’s coming back this way. She’s much better than she was in the beginning,” Tatyana’s great-grandmother Mary Crawford said.

It’s a healing process that will take time not only for Tatyana, but for her family and friends of the three young children who were laid to rest.

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