Funerals Saturday for 4 children killed in day care fire


Shevona Overton, seated, gets a hug from her aunt Jennifer Overton during a news conference, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at Second Baptist Church, on E. 26th Street, in Erie, Pa. Shevona Overton lost her four children in a fatal fire a day earlier at a home child care center in Erie. A fifth child also died and at least two others were injured in the fire. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Residents of a Pennsylvania city will gather to mourn and remember four of the five children who died when fire swept through a home child care center.

Funerals for 8-year-old La’Myhia Jones, 6-year-old Luther Jones Jr., 4-year-old Ava Jones and 9-month-old Jaydan Augustyniak will take place Saturday at Erie’s Bayfront Convention Center, with visitation before a noontime service. All are siblings.

The funeral for 2-year-old Dalvin Pacley will be held Monday.

Fire officials suspect Sunday’s blaze was accidental and possibly electrical. Extension cords and other wiring have been sent to experts for examination.

An adult and two adolescent boys were able to escape the fire.

Three of the victims were the children of a volunteer firefighter, Luther Jones. Their mother, Shevona Overton, is also the mother of Jaydan.

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