After two children were killed in a Jersey City fire, two GoFundMe pages are raising money for the mourning family.
According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, just after 11:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 10, the Jersey City Fire Department responded to a working fire at 470 Martin Luther King Drive.
Firefighters encountered a heavy single-alarm fire and smoke conditions confined to a single apartment.
Firefighters gained access to the apartment and located two children, an 11-year-old girl and an 8-month-old boy.
The 11-year-old girl, later identified as Desire Reid, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 8-month-old brother, later identified as Keyon Robinson, was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 12:24 a.m.
The mother of the children and her 6-year-old son were the only survivors.
“Desire was a very affectionate, loving and charming girl. Keyon was very vibrant and sweet baby,” states the fundraiser page started by Francis Wright, a family member. “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.”
‘Nothing short of heartbreaking’
The fundraiser seeks to raise money for the children’s funeral arrangements and states that all the proceeds will go directly to their family with some of the funds allocated for clothing, shelter, and emergency assistance for Angela Reid and her son Aamil Reid.
“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,” states Wright. “Continue to keep us in your hearts and prayers as we will need it. Anything is helpful, we truly appreciate it.”
As of Friday, Feb. 12, the page had raised $4,926.
The Jersey City Education Association also started a GoFundMe to help the family.
“The educators of the Jersey City Education Association would like to support the family in their time of grieving and healing,” states the fundraiser page started by Kristen Hart on behalf of JCEA president Ron Greco.
The JCEA’s GoFundMe had raised $4,533 as of Friday, Feb. 12.
“It is nothing short of heartbreaking,” said Mayor Steven Fulop in a Tweet of the tragedy, thanking the JCEA for starting a fundraiser.
According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the origin and cause of the fire are under investigation by the Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force and Jersey City Fire Department.
The cause and manner of death are pending from the Regional Medical Examiner.
To donate to either fundraiser go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/h9kvx-reid-and-robinson-family-memorial or https://www.gofundme.com/f/memorial-fund-for-desire-reid-and-keyon-robinson?member=&utm_source=twilio&utm_medium=sms&utm_campaign=contacts-v2-invite-to-donate