Santiago, Dominican Republic. – The seven-year-old girl, her 11-month-old brother and her grandfather who died during a fire allegedly caused by a man who also died in the accident in Queens, New York, in the United States, had been on vacation for nine days with their mother. of the minors.
The relatives, who reside in the house number 13 of the interior street of the La Terraza sector, north of Santiago, narrate that Elizabeth Rodriguez left from this city on July 1 to spend 15 days in the house of her sister Rafelina Rodríguez. The fatalities were identified as seven-year-old Emma Dominguez and her grandfather Claudio Rodriguez of 76 and Lian Dominguez, who died Thursday morning at a health center in New York. While Elizabeth Rodriguez continues in delicate conditions with 60 percent of her body burned.
“My sister wanted to please my niece Emma because she had gone to third grade with honors and they left on the day one with my father and her other son and look at the tragedy in which she had to be involved,” said Robert Rodriguez, brother of Elizabeth and son of Claudio. The fact allegedly was committed by an individual, also of Dominican nationality identified as David Abreu Núñez. It is believed that the fatal decision to fire the house was caused by Abreu Núñez, after Rafelina told him to leave the house.
At the time of registering the accident, the owner of the home and her husband were working, so they went to the place after learning of the tragedy. José Manuel Domínguez, husband of Elizabeth and father of the deceased girl and baby, left at noon on Thursday for the United States to be with their relatives.
Relatives and neighbors mourn tragedy
Diamela Pascasio, relative of the deceased, described what happened as a great tragedy. He highlighted the kindness of Rafelina to help people in need as he did with David Abreu Núñez, to welcome him into his home in moments when he needed it. The tragedy has shocked the family, friends and neighbors in this city, as well as the Dominican community in New York.