6 motel fire victims mourned at service

Southwest Michigan

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (WOOD) — A memorial service was held Saturday for the mother and five children killed in a motel fire in southwestern Michigan two weeks ago.

“Lord, why this?” wondered Pastor Bruce McCoy, according to South Bend, Indiana, NBC affiliate WNDU. “I’ve got to confess to you today, I didn’t get any answers right away.”

Twenty-six-year-old Kiarre Curtis, 10-year-old Marquise Thompson, 7-year-old Gerome Randolph, 5-year-old Samuel Curtis, 4-year-old Savod Curtis and 2-year-old Avery Curtis died when a fire broke out in the early hours of July 28 at Cosmo Extended Stay near St. Joseph.

At a packed celebration of life service at Greater Community Christian Fellowship in Benton Harbor, family members said that Curtis died trying to protect her sons.

Curtis’ husband and their 1-year-old daughter survived the fire. A GoFundMe account has been created to support the family.

McCoy told WNDU there has been an “amazing” outpouring of support from the community and that the family would rely on their faith to see them through their grief.

Other people staying at the motel told 24 Hour News 8 that fire alarms never sounded the night of the fire. Authorities are still investigating.

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