Money Needed for “Proper Burial”

Online effort launched for funerals of 7 fire victims

The day after Christmas, seven people ranging in ages from 18 months to 54 years, died when a fire roared through a three-story home in Southwest Philadelphia.

A kerosene heater exploded near the only exit out of the basement, trapping the victims in the home. The victims were part of the large Liberian community of Philadelphia.

In the weeks after the tragedy family, friends and survivors have been trying to raise money in order to provide the victims with a proper burial.

The group has created a memorial fund and ask that community members make any contribution they can.

Donations can be made through a website created for the victims, Just click here.

Or you can mail donations to:
Phila Seven Fire Victims Memorial Fund
Wachovia Eastwick Financial Center
2904 Island Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153

Victims names and ages:
Zyhire Teah (18 months)
Mariam Dosso (7)
Ramere Dosso (8)
Jennifer Teah (17)
Elliot Teah (23)
Vivian Teah (25)
Henry W. Gbokoloi (54)

Click here to see pictures of the fire victims.

Services are as follows:

Friday, January 16, 2009
6:30 PM

Saturday, January 17, 2009
Celebration of Lives and Funeral Services
8:30 AM

Held at: Divine Mercy Parish
66-67 Chester Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19142

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