Union City pays for funeral of 5 children killed in fire
UNION CITY — Funeral services have been held for five children who were killed in a raging New Jersey house fire earlier this month.
Police and firefighters helped escort the caskets out of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Union City on Wednesday to the sound of bagpipes.
The children — 2-year-old Jason Gonzalez, 4-year-old Shamira Lopez, 5-year-old Mayli Wood, 7-year-old Christian Josue Mendez and 13-year-old Jose Felipe Tejada — died from injuries suffered in the July 13 fire. Officials have said four of the children were siblings, while the fifth was a relative.
A man and a woman were injured in the fire and are recovering.
The cause remains under investigation.
Union City is covering the cost of the funerals.