Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) “Pick any word you want, trauma, devastated, loss beyond belief and beyond words," said Maureen Aissa of Binghamton.
She issued a public statement about the fire that killed a 17 year old son and destroyed the family's home at 20 Milford Street Thursday.
Jeffrey Aissa did not make it out of the home. He was one of 8 children Maureen adopted. She also has one biological daughter.
A statement issued to the media included the following quotes from the mother.
“We want to thank everyone for their thought, concern and generosity.”
“Pick any word you want, trauma, devastated, loss beyond belief and beyond words. I can’t even begin to grasp at anything that begins to describe the loss of a child. I could never replace my little Jeffery.
I haven’t started thinking about what’s next. I’d say it's day by day right now but it’s more like minute by minute. My family always has been, is and continues to come first. I want to make sure they are taken care of.”
“First off you need to know that the neighbors on our block have been there for a long time. They are always, every day wonderful. When this happened there they rushed out in a flash to help anyway they could.
There is a new neighbor on the street who rushed over to attempt to catch my daughter Arianna as she jumped from the roof of our house. Without his assistance who knows what would have happened. These are neighbors who in every way are wonderful. They are perfect and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for everything they did then and are doing now.”
Calling Hours for the Aissa family are Sunday, March 20 at J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home from 2 p.m to 5 p.m..
It is located at 141 Main Street in Binghamton.
Funeral Services will take place Monday, March 21 at 10 a.m. at St Paul's Church, 15 Doubleday Street in Binghamton.