Communities Organize Balloon Launch For Teen Killed In W. Va. House Explosion
WELLSBURG (KDKA) – Thousands of dollars were raised Thursday evening for a family who lost everything in a devastating house explosion in West Virginia on Oct. 11.
The biggest loss was their daughter, 13-year-old Hannah Mozingo, who perished in the blast.
Thursday night, before a high school football game between Follansbee and Wellsburg, nearly 1,500 balloons floated in the air.
Community members purchased the balloons for a dollar with all of the proceeds benefiting the Mozingo family.
“Material things can be replaced, but Hannah cannot be replaced,” said Tara Forrest, the organizer of the event.
Next to the field, the eighth grader would’ve proudly cheered for her Follansbee Middle School team.
“Hannah was one of our cheerleaders, and it was pretty rough on all of us,” said John Puskarich, Follansbee athletic director.
Tyler Mozingo, Hannah’s brother was at the event. He was hunting the morning his Eldersville Road home was blown up in a natural gas explosion.
He says his mother and father, who were just released from the hospital on Wednesday, are overwhelmed by the generosity of the community.
Mozingo says he believes his sister is above in heaven looking down.
“If Hannah was here she’d love it,” he said. “I know she’s watching everybody right now and she’s probably smiling.”
Both athletic directors from Follansbee and Wellsburg presented checks for more than $1,000 before the game as well.
“The two football teams that just participated in the balloon launch, they were both standing out there together and they’re getting ready to play a football game, but it shows in the whole big picture it’s not really that important,” said Steve Camilletti, the Wellsburg athletic director.
Donations for the Mozingo family are being accepted at:
744 Charles Street
Wellsburg, W.Va. 26070
1 Killed, 3 Injured After House Explosion Rocks W. Va. Neighborhood (10/11/13)
Friends, Neighbors Come Together To Rebuild After W.Va. Explosion (10/12/13)
More Reports by Christine D’Antonio