NEW HAVEN Conn. (WTNH) - Friends and family gathered to say goodbye to three people killed in a house fire in New Haven last week. Meanwhile, investigators are still searching for the arsonist who set the fire.
A large crowd in front of Christ Chapel on Dixwell Avenue in New Haven was immediately there embracing the family as they stepped out of the limos, trying to help them cope with an unbearable loss.
"It's so hard, I can't even describe it, it's very hard," says Elizabeth Yarborough.
The victims died on the third floor of their home on Wolcott Street when a violent fire tore through the multi-unit building in the middle of the night.
People were forced to throw small children out of the windows. Two people were rescued from a second floor balcony, but the three on the third floor were trapped. Firefighters were unable to get to them. The youngest victim was 8-year-old Quayshaun Roberson. He died along with his cousin, 21-year-old Jaqueeta Roberson, and his mother, 41-year-old Wanda Roberson.
"I knew Wanda for years, she's a very beautiful person, very beautiful," says Tanya Brown.
Evidence showed the fire was intentionally set, both stairwells engulfed in flames so no one could escape.
"It bothers me cause why would someone, they said they gonna treat it as a triple homicide, why would somebody do that? You know, and especially it's a big family house," says Brown.
Today is a chance to remember and celebrate three lives taken so soon. One woman wore a jacket with images of the deceased on the back, reading God's Angels.
"It's very hard, not knowing who did this, such a young little boy," says Yarborough.
Though with the suspects still on the loose, folks say, the funerals alone will not bring closure.
"I hope, I hope, whoever they find, they put them under the jail, they put them under the jail," says Brown.
Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven will be holding a fund-raiser for the family next week.
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