- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

BROOKLYN PARK, Md. (AP) - Hundreds of people packed an Anne Arundel County church to remember three people killed in a house fire earlier this week, including a mother who ran into the burning home to save her 17-year-old son.

Mourners packed the United Brethren in Christ church in Brooklyn Park on Wednesday night. All 13 rows of pews were full, and chairs had to be added to seat more. Others stood.

The Rev. Samuel Sinnah spoke of his wife and son, killed in the early-morning Tuesday fire at their Brooklyn Park home. Also killed was the family’s neighbor, Chris Rickman, who fire officials say also ran into the burning home to save those inside.

The Capital reports (https://bit.ly/1vFZNoY ) that Sinnah’s comments were brief. He told mourners: “Let’s love one another.”

The fire started as the family slept around 2:40 a.m. Tuesday. Sinnah, his wife, 39-year-old Lettitia Sinnah, and their 20-year-old son all made it out, but 17-year-old Sundima Sinnah was still on the bedroom’s second floor, said Capt. Russ Davies, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

Lettitia Sinnah went back inside the burning home to try to save him. Rickman ran in after her, and both were overcome by smoke and heat. All three were later pulled from the blaze and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

At Wednesday’s memorial, friends and family recalled how alike Lettitia Sinnah and her youngest son were.

“It’s like God created two people the same,” said Annis Williams, one of Lettitia Sinnah’s co-workers. “She was funny. She would make your day. She would tap your shoulder and say ‘Don’t worry, it’s going to be OK.’”

Her son Sundima, more commonly known as Sunny, was just as well-regarded by his peers.

Friends organized a vigil at North County High School on Tuesday night. They described him as a goofy, fun and positive young man.

“He talked to everybody,” sophomore Emmalee Owens said. “The first time I met him he came up to me and was like ‘Hey, I’m Sunny.’”

School counselor Juliann Lorditch recalled how an administrator came into her office to say Sunny was in trouble for playing guitar in the lobby. Sunny’s explanation, Lorditch said, was that he had to spread good cheer.

“His name said a lot about him,” said Carrie Choate, who graduated ahead of Sunny. “Everybody knew him and he was always so happy. He was so full of life.”


Information from: The Capital, https://www.capitalgazette.com/

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