Nearly 200 people packed into Macedonia Baptist Church in Conyers to remember the four children who died tragically in a Wednesday morning fire.
Lisa Campbell was Dar'Shawn Glass' first-grade teacher. The last words she told the 7-year-old as he left her class was "I love you baby." It's something she tells all of her students. Little did Campbell know it would be the last time she would see Dar'Shawn alive.
"He told us that morning that this was the best day of his life," Campbell said. "And I asked him why, and he said 'because I have ice cream money for lunch,' so he had a wonderful day."
On top of having ice cream money on Tuesday, Dar'Shawn also was congratulated for his hard work in class.
"He had just met one of our goals in the classroom, and we all cheered for him that day never knowing that was the last time I was going to see him," Campbell said.
Early Wednesday morning a fire broke out in Dar'Shawn's Conyers home.
His sister Ah' Dariya Glass, 9, and two of his brothers, Armoni Roberts, 3, and Deon Glass, just 8-months-old, died.
The sole survivor of the five children was Darnell, 6, who was saved when his mother Reeba Glass tossed him out of a second-story window, away from the smoke and flames, to the ground below.
"She has severe burns on both arms," Pastor Billie Cox said. "Yesterday, when I saw her, it wasn't as bad as it was today. When the blisters form they rupture them, and have to re-wrap them. While yesterday I was able to hold her hands and talk to her and sit on her bed. But, this morning was different because she was bandaged from her shoulders down, a little bit of her fingers were showing. Her right leg has extensive burns, there are some on the stomach and back, and she does have burns on her forehead."
Glass has second and third-degree burns over 40 percent of her body. Cox organized the community prayer service at Macedonia Baptist, not only because it is the family's church, but also to pray this mother and family who lost so much will know the community is there to support them.
"We are here to surround and love on this family," Cox said.
A memorial service is planned for the children at Springfield Baptist Church on Iris Drive in Conyers on Sat., Jan. 19 at 11 a.m.
A representative with Levett & Sons Funeral Home in Conyers has offered to handle the funeral arrangements for the family at no cost.
Friends have set up the Glass Family Memorial Fund with Wells Fargo, Account No. 1009683226.
"We pray this mother will be able to attend the funeral for her children," Cox said.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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