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My uncle was one of the boys killed in the fire: Willie Lee Williams. My family is currently obtaining information from relatives about what happened during this time.
Andrea James
West Helena, AR


William Lloyd Piggee is my thirteen-year-old brother, and he lost his life over a bicycle. I would like justice for all of those precious African-American young boys who never stood a chance. Perhaps justice will be rewarded one day when Jesus comes. My prayer is that this story is told and that everyone responsible for the deaths of all of those young black boys will answer one day. I forgive them, but I will never forget my brother and those who lost their lives. As I viewed all of those young men in the paper, one thing was obvious: they were all African American youth.

Edna Mae Piggee Green
Pine Bluff, AR