Members of Youngstown’s south side community are still in shock after a deadly fire killed five children on Sunday.
Tuesday night, neighbors and friends are struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.
Outside the house on Parkcliffe Avenue, people were dropping off stuffed animals, candles and signs all evening, adding to the pile and taking time to pay their respects.
The mother of those five children, America Acevedo, is still in critical condition at Metro Health Hospital in Cleveland.
Since Monday, the number of gifts outside the house has probably tripled.
One man who lives on Parkcliffe Avenue said the people on this street are close to each other.
“I saw them around the neighborhood. They would always be so friendly because no one here is afraid of each other. There’s no threats of gang violence or guns or drugs or any of that stereotypical nonsense. It’s just a family,” said neighbor George Carter.
Carter thinks it will be quite a while before the neighborhood can go back to any sense of normalcy.
Still, community members continue to hold each other up by sharing fond memories.
“It’s just a matter of coming together as a family, coming together as a group, as a neighborhood, as a city, as Northeast Ohio and do what we do. This is what we do, we care for each other,” Youngstown Police Sgt. William Mays.