Family, friends gather to mourn children killed in Kzoo fire

Updated: Friday, March 1 2013, 09:48 PM EST
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KALAMAZOO (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Family and friends are remembering three young children killed in a tragic apartment fire in Kalamazoo.

Visitation is being held at Whitley Memorial Funeral Home on North Westnedge Friday for 3-year-old twins Tevin and Te'niya Williams and their 1-year-old sister Ty'onna Henderson.

Their funerals are Saturday at Noon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The children were burned to death when a fire broke out in their apartment.

Investigators have ruled the fire broke out in the living room and was accidental but there’s still no word on the cause.

Pastor Addis Moore shows us the big picture. A mother who now has to live with a new reality, and entire community in mourning for the three lives cut short.

“How do we best honor those children, how do we best minister to the needs of the families,” said Senior Pastor Addis Moore.

Emotions may still be running high for hundreds who plan to fill the pews.

Johnetta Woods’ 18 year old boyfriend told Newschannel 3 he’s been getting threats from her friends and family. He was blamed for leaving the children alone in the apartment before the tire tore through and trapped the children inside last month. Fred Glespie claims Woods frequently left the children alone in the Interfaith Apartment.

“I came in their over 5 times and seen the kids by themselves and I told her please don't do that I told her all the time don't do that,” said Fred Glespie, boyfriend.

Newschannel 3 has taken a deeper look. A 2009 police complaint details how a maintenance worker heard a baby crying in Woods’ apartment for an hour.

The complaint shows the manager opened the door and found the infant holding a diaper, sweating profusely. The claims however, were never substantiated.

“And that's why we’re very careful were not going to add anything to her because to get through the process and putting them to rest, that's the primary focus,” said Senior Pastor Addis Moore, Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

The pastor has hope the healing process can begin.

“I really would that this would allow to happen so these children could go through this program and support for family,” said Moore.

We will continue to bring you the latest as it happens on wwmt.com and Newschannel 3.Family, friends gather to mourn children killed in Kzoo fire
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