Funeral home helps to bury slain Dearborn Heights kids
A Detroit funeral home is providing free funeral and some burial arrangements for the four children allegedly killed by their father and stepfather this week in Dearborn Heights.
Pye Funeral Home said Friday it will provide free caskets and funeral services.
“This is a tragedy to violence and another ‘black eye’ for Metro Detroit, I can’t imagine going through something like this. I know Ms. Green and the family have to be confused and scared and that is a horrible position to be in,” Pye Funeral Home owner and Executive Director Ozie Pye IV said in a statement. “As a funeral home director, I had to step up and do something. This is too much on one family and we needed to help.”
The funeral home’s generosity is among the outpouring of public support for the grief-stricken family.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family. As of Friday afternoon, more than $22,000 had been raised
A service is planned at St. Sebastian Catholic School in Dearborn Heights where the younger girls attended school, according to the school’s assistant principal.
“They were beautiful little girls,” Gretchen Seurynck said Friday. “We’re praying for the family.”
Koi was in first grade and her sister Kaleigh was in preschool, Seurynck said. The school used a different spelling for the younger girl than what has been released by officials.
The school held a prayer service Tuesday for their students, around 200 children from preschool through eighth grade.
“Our local bishop, Francis Reiss, did the prayer service along with Sister Geraldine Kaczynski, our principal,” Seurynck said. “We’re doing as well as can be expected after the tremendous tragedy. (The students) have had grief counselors here all week.”
The school plans to unite again Sunday evening with a second prayer service at 7 p.m. inside the church at 3965 Merrick Street. Members of the public are welcome to attend, Seurynck said.