Sabrina Dunigan, a mother from East St. Louis, was reported to have lost her five young loved ones in an apartment fire on her birthday.
The East St. Louis community filled the pews at Greater St. Mark’s Church of God and the grounds at Sunset Gardens of Memory Cemetery on Saturday for memorial services they helped pay for to pay their last respect to the family.
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The children are 20-month-old Loy’El, 4-year-old Jabari, 8-year-old twins Nevaeh and Heaven, and 9-year-old Dontae, according to relatives.
It was gathered that the mom went to pick up another adult from work and left the 5 children at home.
When the mother returned, firefighters say she dashed back inside the burning unit to save her children, but she was unable to reach her three daughters and two boys in time.
“The family is trying to take the hit pretty hard, this is the first time we get to see four kids died at once” Asst. Chief George Mcclellan, East St, Fire department, says.
Kenneth Jennings, a neighbour who escaped from the fire said, “the flames were just too unbearable and there’s nothing I could do, I wish I could do something.”
It was later reported that four were deceased with one of the kids hospitalized, however, the 5th child died at the hospital after sustaining severe burns.