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Family is hurting: As woman buries her five children killed in apartment fire on her birthday

The deceased children


Sabrina Dunigan’s five children died August 6 in an apartment fire, its cause still undetermined.


Their grandfather and his wife say they jumped from the apartment’s second floor while Dunigan was away picking up her boyfriend.


“The community is hurting,” East St. Louis Mayor Robert Eastern III said before Saturday’s funeral. “We stand in support of the mom, emotionally and spiritually.”


Children look at 4-year-old Jabari Johnson’s coffin during graveside services that took place Aug. 21, 2021 at Sunset Gardens of Memory Cemetery Millstadt. DJabari was one of five children, all siblings, who died in an Aug. 6, 2021, fire at their East St. Louis home. Lexi Cortes ACORTES@BND.COM


The fire happened in an apartment building located in the 500 block of 29th Street in East St. Louis, Illinois. It started after the mother of the five children went to pick up another adult from work, according to the East St. Louis Fire Department.


When she returned home, the mother tried to get the children out herself, but she was unsuccessful. The fire started at about 3:45 a.m. It is unclear if the building had working smoke alarms.


pictures of the children 
Deontae Davis Jr., 9; 8-year-old twins Neveah Dunigan and Heaven Dunigan; Jabari Johnson, 4; and Loy’el Dunigan, 2, died on their mother Sabrina Dunigan’s birthday.



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