June 17

Memorial service for fire victim at KeyArena Friday



A memorial service for the five victims of an apartment fire in Fremont Saturday will be held at the KeyArena this Friday, June 18 at 11 a.m. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. (The service was originally scheduled for the Exhibition Hall at but was moved to KeyArena yesterday).

The fire, which was ruled an accident, took the lives of five family members: Eyerusalem Gebregiorgis, 22, Nisreen Shamam, 6, Nyella Smith, 7, Joseph Gebregiorgis, 13, and Yaseen Shamam, 5. Two other family members made it out alive.

An account has been set up to support the family of the victims. Donations to the Seattle Children’s Fire Fund can be made at any Bank of America. Next door neighbor Allecia Clemons is working to put together a community concert to help raise money for the family. Find more information on the event and how to get involved here.


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