Funeral services held for 6 killed in fire on South 15th Street in Newark

A family in mourning is hoping they will

A family in mourning is hoping they will be able to say goodbye to six loved ones Saturday despite overwhelming funeral costs. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

NEWARK - Large crowds packed the Solid Rock Baptist Church today to pay their final respects today to the six family members killed in a house fire in Newark last weekend.

Family and friends poured into the church. Relatives say they wanted today to be a celebration of life, so the service was filled with stories about the six victims. The pastor called today a "home-going" for the victims.

As News 12 has reported, the fire started just before 4 a.m. last Sunday at a home on South 15th Street. Investigators say the six relatives died of smoke inhalation, and their deaths have been ruled accidental.

The victims were Salome Stewart and her husband, Reginald Stewart, along  with Salome's sister, Natasha Kinsale. Three other family members were killed: Noreen "Michelle" Johnson, her 15-year-old son, Stephon Sydney and 11-year-old Zion Forbes.

A spokesperson for the family says coming up with the $28,000 for today's funeral has been tough. Funeral directors said they were doing what they could to help the family, and members of a local church were also attempting to collect funds to help cover the costs.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

St. Joseph High School student Matthew Hall visited 1 Teen battling cancer thanks medical team as he prepares to attend prom
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 2 New Jersey Weather Forecast
A possible protest is taking shape among transit 3 Commuters threaten possible 'No Pay May' protest on NJ Transit
Some New Jersey Transit riders have vowed not 4 NJ Transit riders vow not to pay fares in protest
The owner of Jewelry Expo in Union Township 5 Sleight-of-hand thieves steal $10K worth of jewelry

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Six people, including two children, were killed in House fire victims' deaths ruled an accident

The deaths of six members of a northern New Jersey family who perished in a

Six people, including two children, were killed in Plastic flowers may have fueled fatal Newark fire

Six people, including two children, were killed in a fire that ripped through a Newark

A family in mourning is hoping they will Family struggles to pay for funerals of 6 killed in fire

A family in mourning is hoping they will be able to say goodbye to six

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE