Remains of two children killed in accidentA Philadelphia home used as the headquarters of a black radical group has been returned to his brother, the man said Wednesday.
Lionel Dotson told reporters outside the Philadelphia medical examiner’s office that the remains of Catricia and Zaneta Dotson would be cremated and taken to North Carolina for burial.
“This is an important opportunity for the city to give me,” Dotson, who was 8 when his sisters died, told WCAU-TV. Catricia was 14 and Zaneta was 12. “It’s not about me, it’s about them. Finally giving them a resting place permanently – I can do it for them.”
The city said officials were holding a meeting with the next of kin but would not give details “out of respect for the families”.
Led by founder John Africa, MOVE members practiced a lifestyle that shunned modern conveniences, preached equal rights for animals, and rejected government authority. He took the last name Africa.
The group clashed with police and neighbors, and police demanding the removal of the members used a helicopter to bomb the house on May 13, 1985. Five children and six adults inside died, and the resulting fire destroyed more than 60 row houses.
A 1986 commission report called the decision to bomb the occupied Row House “unconscionable”. MOVE survivors were awarded a $1.5 million judgment in a 1996 trial.
city health commissioner resigned In May last year when officials said the partial remains from the bombings were cremated in 2017. The city later said, however, and was found in the medical examiner’s office.
But the 257-page report failed to answer the key questions that prompted the investigation last year: Who kept the box of remains in a storage room in the medical examiner’s office before its discovery in 2017? It is also unclear why the employee who had been instructed to cremate the remains four years ago under the city’s health commissioner, Dr Thomas Farley, disobeyed orders to do so.
Mayor Jim Kenney said, “I am very sorry that this happened.” “Again, in the ’80s when the tragedy happened, a lot of mistakes were made. We’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again.”