Teens Hold Vigil For New Kensington Fire Victim

By Ralph Iannotti

NEW KENSINGTON (KDKA) — Dozens of teenagers gathered to take part in a candlelight vigil at the scene of a fatal fire on Seventh Street in New Kensington Wednesday night.

The vigil was outside the home of Amy Mazziotti. She and her two sons, along with her boyfriend, and another teen, escaped the early morning house fire, some by jumping out of upstairs windows.

But another overnight house guest, 15-year-old Khareem Hutchinson, died in the fire. Hutchinson, according to friends, was afraid of heights. His body was found near the front door of the charred home.

“Hutchinson was inspirational to everybody, small as he was, he knew how to put a smile on everyone’s face, he loved God and loved life,” Anthony Czajkowski said.

“Khareem was the happiest person ever, he made us laugh by [acting] stupid, but it was funny,” Eklania Guido, another one of Hutchinson’s friends, said

Hutchinson was a member of the River’s Edge Church Group for the past three years. The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of today’s fatal fire.

Mazziotti, her boyfriend, Aaron Adams, and her two sons, Nino, and Vinnie, remain hospitalized at UPMC Mercy Hospital. Funeral arrangements for Hutchinson are incomplete.

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  1. Marilea says:

    My deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved Khareem..
    He is with God now .
    Marilea H

    1. ALAIYAH HAYDEN says:

      You are a good friend. Khareem was very nice and genuine. I miss him a lot i wish i could’ve been ther but was an hour away what good am i. You are probably khareem’s best friend or relative. All what’s left of my heart goes to him dearly. EVERYBODY WILL MISS HIM, HE IS NOW IN A SAFE PLACE WITH GOD WATCHING OVER US HOPEFULLY NOT FEELING SORRY BECAUSE IT ISN’T HIS FAULT….

  2. ALAIYAH HAYDEN says:

    I WAS VERY LATE ON WHAT HAPPEN TO MY FRIEND KHAREEM. I WAS HEARTBROKEN ACTUALLY MORE, HE BASICALLY TOOK A PEICE OUT OF MOST OF OUR LIVES. EVERYONE IS PROBABLY SAYING “WHY HIM?” WHY’D HE HAVE TO GO? IF ONLY HE COULD’VE OPEN THE DOOR, BUT IT WAS TOO LATE. WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE HIM AND MISS KHAREEM LIKE WHO WOULDNT. WE MISS HIM TO MUCH TO FORGET ABOUT HIM NOW!!!!!
    -ALAIYAH HAYDEN- WE WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU.

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