Remembering three boys 28 years after deadly fire

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A father is remembering his sons, nearly three decades after they died in a Fort Wayne house fire.

A sign at Mister Coney displays a message for Larry Mitchell.
A sign at Mister Coney displays a message for Larry Mitchell.

Early in the morning of May 21st, 1988, a fire started in a home at 2928 Central Drive.

It would take the lives of three little boys: 3-year old Durrel, 6-year old Gemayel and 11-year old Jermaine. It would also change the life of their father Larry Mitchell, who will return to the site on Saturday, May 21.

The family will celebrate the life of the three boys at 1:00 p.m. Saturday.

During the memorial in 2000, Mitchell talked to NewsChannel 15 about the importance of the relationship between parents and children.

“Parents, stand up for your kids,” Mitchell said. “Because when they are gone, they are gone for good.”

The lot where the house was remains empty.
The lot where the house was remains empty.

Firefighters on the scene said it appeared someone threw Molotov cocktails into the home.

Nothing has been built on the site since the fire.

Today, the case remains unresolved with nobody charged in what Mitchell believes to be homicide.

 

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