MCKEESPORT (KDKA) – One year ago, six people were killed when their house was intentionally set on fire in McKeesport.
Four of the victims were young children and a vigil was held at the house Sunday evening.
The burned out shell is still standing at 300 Express Alley. The pain is still there too.
Hope Jordan, 27; Dominic Jordan, 7; Autumn Jordan, 6; Serenity Jakub, 3; Victoria Jordan, 2; and Ronald Egenlauf Sr., 55, lost their lives in the fire.
“You never get over the deaths. You learn to live with it, and this has been a tough year,” Laverne Egenlauf said.
Keith Egenlauf was badly burned in the fire as well.
On Sunday, he looked at what was left of the house, where his wife, father and step-children died – and the emotional pain runs as deep as the physical pain.
“He’s having a little trouble with his arm. He can’t move it. But, hopefully he’s going to heal,” Laverne said.
Police arrested Ryan Williams, also of McKeesport, and charged him with setting the fatal fire. He has yet to go to trial for the related charges. Those who attended the vigil chose to focus on the victims, and not the man police say is responsible.
“I pray for the family every day. I do know it has to hurt,” Liz Egenlauf-Reist said.
“We just wanted to remember them and let them know they will never be forgotten,” Donna Ackerman said.
The family hopes once Williams goes to trial, the house will be torn down for good – taking with it the painful memories of how the victims died.