- Associated Press - Saturday, May 6, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - More than 1,000 mourners attended a funeral Saturday for four of five young people who died in one of New York City’s deadliest fires in years.

The Daily News reports (https://nydn.us/2p8dlLX ) that the Rev. Al Sharpton, one of several eulogists, said there was no explanation for the April 23 tragedy.

“I don’t know what happened,” Sharpton said. “I know that it happened and that any way we can embrace and stand with these family members, we need to do it.

The funeral at the New Greater Bethel Ministries church in Queens was for Jada Foxworth, 20; Destiny Dones, 16; Rashawn Matthews, 10; and Chayce Lipford, 2. A funeral for 17-year-old Melody Edwards was held Wednesday.

Investigators say there were no working smoke detectors in the Queens house where they perished. Some were trapped in the attic as flames rose. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The funeral program bore photos on its cover of the doomed foursome fitted with angels’ wings. Some attendees wore white T-shirts with the words, “My little angels, gone but never forgotten.”

The New York Times reports that a group of boys sang a gospel song, “Don’t Do It Without Me.” Some of the boys were given tissues as they tried to sing the song, which one of them said was dedicated to Rashawn, his friend.

The fire was the city’s deadliest since seven children died in a fire two years ago in Brooklyn.


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