Family prepares to lay young fire victims to rest

Clockwise from top left: Trinity Hughes, Tyrese Hughes and Tai'zah Hughes (Source: Marie Clark)
Clockwise from top left: Trinity Hughes, Tyrese Hughes and Tai'zah Hughes (Source: Marie Clark)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The family of three young children killed in a house fire is preparing to lay them to rest.


Trinity Hughes, 2, Tyrese Hughes, 4, and Tai'zah Hughes, 6, died in a New Albany house fire January 4. Funeral services for the children will be held Saturday and their grandmother  said she does not know how they will get through it.



"Now the day is here, now what am I going to do?" said Marie Clark, the children's grandmother. "I'm afraid, terrified."


Taty'ana Hughes, 5, was the only child to survive the fire. At Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Taty'ana is recovering from burn wounds. During the week she has had skin grafts and her lungs are clear. Clark said her granddaughter she is making good progress.



"The nodding of the head, the shaking of the head, the biting on the tube, you can even see a smile with the tube, and moving her foot," said Clark.


The family does not have burial insurance and is in need of assistance. By Friday afternoon, only half of the burial expenses had been covered. Despite that, Clark says the outpouring of support is surreal and is the only thing that has kept her going.


WAVE 3 News teamed up with talk show host Charla Young and her charity "Charla's Angels" to collect teddy bears in honor of the New Albany victims to help other child victims in the healing process. Bears will be delivered to children in the burn unit at Riley where Taty'ana is recovering. Classmates of Tai'Zah will also receive bears with the hope that they will find some comfort in the loss of their classmate.


If you would like to donate toward funeral and burial assistance, you may do so by sending your donation to the following address:


Attention: Donation for Hughes Children

Perryman's Mortuary

3237 W. Broadway

Louisville, KY 40211

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