JAMES FAMILY DEVASTATED BY SUICIDE
AND DESTRUCTIVE HOUSE FIRE
On the evening of Saturday June 5th, tragedy struck Kyung, Mai, Faye, and Eve in ways no one could fathom. Baraka James tragically took his own life and created a fire that completely destroyed the family's house and everything they own.
For Kyung and her three daughters, losing their father, husband, and home so unexpectedly has left them in absolute shock and despair. Their lives have been devastated, and Kyung has been left widowed, homeless, and faced with the daunting journey of raising her three beautiful daughters as a single mother.
They are left with nothing but literally the clothes on their back, and, almost with a certainty, home insurance will NOT cover their losses due to the fire being determined as incendiary/intentional. The Fire Marshal's Office has estimated the damages incurred to be in excess of $875,000. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/one-dead-lovettsville-fire/2021/06/07/9b2df3d0-c7b8-11eb-81b1-34796c7393af_story.html
We not only want to support Kyung, Mai, Faye, and Eve in recovering from this tragic loss - but also bring light to both the suicide epidemic as well as domestic violence awareness. The permanent decision of suicide has life long devastating outcomes that ripple across a family, our community, and society. The painful daily impact of Baraka's suicide and destruction of their home and everything they own is immensely profound. The agony for the children dealing with the reality of their father being gone, the countless unanswered questions, and realization that their lives will never be the same is something they will feel forever.
Kyung, with the support of family, friends, and community, is trying to pick up the shattered pieces and slowly rebuild her and her daughters' lives. We are hoping to raise funds to help them overcome the overwhelming obstacles they face - a home, basic daily necessities (clothes, school materials, etc.), support and counseling for Kyung and her daughters, and so much more.
We greatly appreciate if you could share this page with others in the hope that Kyung and her daughters' tragedy will be met with empathy, compassion, and kindness.
Thank you for your generosity from the bottom of our hearts!
If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, please reach out to:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you and/or your family are the victims of domestic abuse or violence, help is here:
National Domestic Violence Hotline
* All proceeds of this fundraiser are going directly to Kyung (beneficiary of the fundraiser) and her children. They will use the funds to get back on their feet - find a home, meals, clothing, school materials, counseling, etc.
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