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Probe of Hamtramck fire that killed 4 ongoing

Kyla Smith
The Detroit News

The cause of a fire that killed four members of a Hamtramck family is still unknown on the eve of funeral services.

Hamtramck Police Chief Max Garbarino said they are still in an active investigation of the fire, which is believed to have started at the back of the house.

Killed in the early morning fire on Yemens Street Feb. 17 were James Parker, his wife, Freddye, and their two sons, James Jr., 11, and Jarred, 7. The home did not have a smoke detector.

Hamtramck Fire Chief Paul Wilk did not return a call for comment Monday.

Parker and his wife were well known members of the Hamtramck community, coaching football and cheerleading with the Motor City All-Stars youth teams, which is affiliated with the Detroit Police Athletic League.

A GoFundMe account set up by PAL, at http://www.gofundme.com/parkerfamily, to help with funeral costs, has reached more than $17,000. The money will also help the Parkers' three oldest children, who are in college.

Alexis Parker, one of daughters, said she wanted to talk with her siblings before agreeing to speak with the media.

Family and friends also held a fundraiser Sunday at Bert's Warehouse in Detroit.

Visitation for the Parkers will be 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Swanson Funeral Home, 14751 W. McNichols in Detroit. Their funerals will be 11 a.m. at Greater Grace Temple, 23500 West Seven Mile in Detroit on Wednesday.

Tributes to the Parkers continued to be posted the Motor City All-Stars Football and Cheerleading Facebook page.

Adonis "Coach Donie" Porch, who knew the family for more than four years, wrote a post on Friday: "Thank you for teaching me to overcome my fears of speaking up for what I want. Coach Parker you will forever hold a place in my heart and will forever be loved and missed."

ksmith3@detroitnews.com