Weight of McHenry tragedy looms as investigation continues
McHENRY – Save for the occasional curious passerby, things have quieted at the scene of a McHenry house fire that took the life of 12-year-old Dayana Garcia on Friday morning.
A half-melted laundry basket filled with charred children’s shoes sits at the edge of the fire’s destruction. A twin mattress twists up from atop the pile of blackened rubble. Bouquets of flowers and a pink teddy bear are perched on a shrinking pile of snow near the family’s mailbox.
As investigators continue searching for the cause and origin of the fire that killed Garcia, those close to the girl described as quiet and sweet, with an “innocent soul,” dealt with the weight of the sudden tragedy. Scattered fundraising efforts had started to take shape, with several neighbors coming forward to collect clothing and household items. Organizers have set up a website to collect online donations, and a Facebook page to centralize all fundraising efforts.
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