Youngstown mom grieves loss of her little girl’s friend

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Candles now illuminate two makeshift memorials outside of the Youngstown home that was the scene of a devastating tragedy Sunday night.

Five children died after the house on Parkcliffe Avenue caught on fire. Their mother was able to get out but is now in critical condition.

Parents like Jessica Gonzalez have now been given the difficult task of explaining the deadly fire to their children.

Gonzalez is a parent engagement coordinator for Youngstown City Schools. She said her daughter was close friends with 9-year-old Aleysha Rosario and was getting to know the family pretty well.

She wanted to be the one to tell her daughter what happened.

“I had to take her out of school so I could explain to her what happened to her friend,” Gonzalez said. “It was hard to tell her and hard to tell the other kids about what happened.”

For the next week or as long as they’re needed, counselors will be on hand at Youngstown City Schools and Wilson Elementary, where the little girl was a student.

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