Page 2 of 2 Previous
Rosie Boyd, the victims’ grandmother, said the children had already been grappling with the loss of their 31-year-old mother, Kim Davis, who died in October. Boyd, who was Davis’ mother, believes her daughter “wanted her kids with her so God came and got them for her.”
She said Lewis had cared well for the children, supporting them with the help of Social Security and other benefits.
She regularly went to watch them when their father left the house. They lived like typical children, she said, fighting over which cartoons they wanted to watch and competing for their father’s attention. They took turns peeping out the window awaiting the arrival of their father, and when they spotted him they raced to clean up the house so they would stay in his good graces.
“They didn’t need friends from the outside because that’s a gang over there right by themselves … They loved each other,” Boyd said.
Outside the burned home, more than 100 people, including school officials and community leaders, joined Saturday in a vigil. They prayed, sang and called for communitywide support for the Lewis family and another that was displaced by the fire from their downstairs section of the duplex.
Many did not know the Lewises, but came out of empathy and grief, they said.
Among the balloons and stuffed animals left at the site was a Bethune Elementary School reading certificate for Mary Lewis.
“This is a beautiful, strong family,” Principal Melissa Jackson of Bethune Community School said, referring to how the schools had supported the children after the death of their mother.
Teachers and other school staff members are regrouping this weekend and preparing to return to their classrooms, Jackson said, “because Tuesday, it will be all about the children.”
Joy Powell • 612-673-7750
Maya Rao • 612-673-4210