The Jersey City Education Association and a family member of the mother whose children were killed in a late night Jersey City apartment fire on Wednesday have started two separate GoFundMe pages to provide aid during this difficult time.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Jersey City awoke to tragedy Thursday morning after an 11-year-old girl and her infant brother died in an apartment fire in the city’s Bergen-Lafayette section,” the JCEA fundraiser, started by Kristen Hart on behalf of union President Ron Greco, description says.
“Desire Reid, 11, and her 8-month-old brother, Keyon Robinson, died in the one-alarm blaze that broke out inside their home at 470 Martin Luther King Drive. The educators of the Jersey City Education Association would like to support the family in their time of grieving and healing.”
The page was started yesterday and has already raised $4,068 towards their $20,000 goal from 94 donors.
A short time after that, Frances Wright, who identifies herself as part of Angela Reid’s family, notes in her GoFundMe page that while the mother and her other son, Aamil Reid, survived, they have a long, hard road ahead of them.
“Her two children Keyon Robinson was 8 months old and her daughter Desire Reid also known as Net Net was 11 years old. Desire was very affectionate, loving and charming girl. Keyon was very vibrant and sweet baby,” the page description says.
“A mother’s love could never be duplicated or compared. Desire cherished her brothers and would do anything for them as she proved just that. Our family will never be the same so we just ask at this time if there’s anything you can donate to help please do so. Continue to keep us in your hearts and prayers as we will need it.”
Wright continues that this fund will be utilized to pay for the two children’s funerals, as well as for clothing, shelter, and emergency assistance for Angela and Aamil.
Thus far, the online effort has raised $1,910 towards their $80,000 goal.
While the one-alarm fire at 470 Martin Luther King Dr. was deemed under control in about a half hour, officials said that Keyon Robinson and Desiree Reid were trapped inside after their mother helped another child inside the building escape.
Keyon attempted to save his infant sister, but was unsuccessful and ended up being trapped on the second floor of the apartment building.