It was a cold night in Dekalb County, Georgia, and an even colder night if you are a child with no electricity or heat in the home.
A few weeks ago, the children of Rockell Coleman, 29, were left alone when a fire broke out in the home. Two of Coleman’s five children were pulled out of the blaze, unfortunately, two of her sons died in the inferno, one died later in the hospital.
The mother was arrested and charged with murder for leaving the children home alone. Compounding the tragedy now is the fact that although the boys’ funeral was held on this past Saturday, they are still $4,000 short to be buried.
Mourners dealt with the sight of three small white caskets and a grieving mother out on bond. Coleman was mentioned throughout the service and Bishop Donald E. Battle, a former law enforcement officer stated, “I’m very critical of people when they don’t do what they’re supposed to do, but I also know about grace. So, I’m praying that this charge against you that whatever it needs to be is, it’s already enough that your children have left here.”
It is unknown how Coleman was able to bond out of jail. According to a funeral home spokesperson Coleman, appeared at the door unexpectedly while the grandmother was making funeral arrangements. The spokesperson did state that donations have come in that covered the cost of the preparation of the bodies and the memorial service, but not enough was made to pay the cemetery for actual burial.
The funeral home, William G. Murray and Son, located in Fairburn, Georgia, is currently taking donations for burial of the children and can be reached at 404-963-5634.