Tragedy struck Clinton Avenue School twofold Wednesday, as a house fire killed a second-grader and sent his third-grade brother to the hospital.
Quayshawn Roberson perished in the fire that engulfed a house at Poplar and Wolcott Streets in Fair Haven at 1:30 a.m.
Quayshawn was known as a “hard-working good kid” at Clinton Avenue School.
Quayshawn’s mother, Wanda Roberson, perished as well in the fire. Another relative, Jaquita Roberson, believed to be in her 20s, died in the fire too. Their bodies were found on the third floor of the home.
Quayshawn’s brother Quayvon also was injured in the fire and taken to the hospital for treatment. He attends Clinton Avenue, too, in the third grade.
Quayvon has another brother who attends Wilbur Cross. He, too, went to the hospital.
Police said the fire was deliberately set and it is now a homicide investigation.
A crisis team went to work at Clinton Avenue School Wednesday, setting up stations on each floor where students could come for counseling, or just to draw pictures and chill out. There was a lot of crying throughout the school. Social workers and grief counselors were on hand.
Quayshawn has attended the school since kindergarten. He had the same teacher that year and this year; she was reportedly hit hard by the news today.
Parents were to start receiving recorded calls around 2 p.m. updating them on the day’s tragic developments.
The fire also injured other children. Two children were thrown out the window to safety in the arms of neighbors.
A neighbor, Geneva King, called Quayshawn “Shawnie.”
King said Shawnie often hung out at her house and played with her grandson. He also helped her bring groceries in after shopping. On Monday, he played touch football with her family. “He just was the sweetest thing,” she said.
posted by: JB on March 9, 2011 4:15pm
What a tragic and life altering loss for those two boys. I’ll pray for Quayvon and his brother.
Thank you the neighbors and Firemen who saved so many of the other occupants.
posted by: Fairhaven on March 9, 2011 4:23pm
If this is true and someone set that fire I hope the court gives them the book how terrible is this my prayers to all who lived there God has his angels now.
posted by: Maribel on March 9, 2011 5:37pm
My prayers are with the Roberson family during this most difficult time. May God bless them and may the victims rest in peace.
posted by: NH teacher on March 9, 2011 7:32pm
My thoughts are with the Roberson family. Wanda was a caring mother who supported her son, a student of mine. I hope there is community support for these children. What a terrible tragedy!
posted by: A school social worker on March 9, 2011 8:11pm
I will always remembered his great smile. He will miss dearly. Rest in peace.
posted by: Tracey Suggs on March 9, 2011 9:26pm
My Heart and Prayers go out to the family.Myself and my siblings grew up with Wanda and her siblings over the yrs. Isee her son that attends wilbur cross everyday and a niece of hers. They are friends with my upstairs neighbors.Iam so heart broken to learn of the loss of thier lives. Irecieved a call from my sister this morning notifying me of what happen. My heart sunk and the tears fell.My heart truly broken for her sons and family. I have talked and cried with her son & niece in my home over thier loss. And they know they know even though there may not be much I can do for them. Iam here for them to do whatever it is I can do.Again to the Fmily & friends My Heart goes out to you during this sad & hard time.Wanda you ,your child, and other loved one will be Truly missed God Bless. Tracey Weston Suggs. and The Weston sisters.
posted by: Cedarhillresident on March 9, 2011 10:31pm
My prayers are with you all.
posted by: Claudia Herrera on March 9, 2011 11:13pm
Good bless this family, I just can imagine such a pain for the survivors. my prayers and hart goes with them.
There will some activity that we can organized to help to this children? how we can support them?
posted by: Tracey Suggs on March 10, 2011 12:22am
On behalf of the Grieving family I Thank all That are keeping the family in your Prayers and sending out your Prayer to Wanda, her children and family.I’m sure they are very very Thankful to you all. To anyone that would like to do something to help this family in their time of Need and Grieving. I’m more than sure they will need Monetary help to Bury their loved ones.And would except whatever any one can donate at this time. I will keep all willing and able informed. on where they can send that help as soon as it becomes avail to me.I’m more than sure I will be Posting the name of the funereal home in charge of the arrangements. Which all donations can be made to in the name of the victim and her loved ones lost.This is the most I can do to try and help the family. for they have been there for me when Iloss my child at age 13 in a drive by shooting in 2006.Again on Behalf of the family I THANK YOU and I will keep you posted on where you can send Donations to help if you would like to do so. God Bless
posted by: Tracey Suggs on March 10, 2011 12:42am
Anyone wanting to contact me directly about sending donations to help the family and her surviving children can contact me via email at http://firstname.lastname@example.org.Plz title subject: IWANT TO HELP. Thank You Again Tracey Suggs.
posted by: Mom of 3 year old on March 10, 2011 8:23am
Quayshawn and Quayvon have an older (high school aged) brother who is currently in the hospital. He and his mother, Wanda, were very close and is surely devastated by the loss of his mother and younger brother. Keep him in your prayers too.
posted by: FAIRHAVEN on March 10, 2011 8:58am
Your email seems not to work would like to help
posted by: Cross Teacher on March 10, 2011 9:37am
The oldest brother is a sweet young man. I feel so badly for how his life has been completely changed.
posted by: Donna Brown on March 10, 2011 2:38pm
My prayers goes out to the family My you stay close to GOD. Please provide a phone number or drop off place we can send donation Trust in the Lord he will see you all through this terribletime.
posted by: Tracey Suggs on March 10, 2011 2:47pm
posted by: What??? on March 10, 2011 3:44pm
The newest article in the Independent suggests: Clothing, linens, financial donations, and toys can be dropped off at the former school building at St. Brendan’s Church, 342 Ellsworth Ave., (near Whalley), from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday or 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. (For information call 203-503-0107.) Is this being coordinated with or by Tracey?
posted by: Jill th Pill on March 10, 2011 5:03pm
Hi, Tracey, this is a lot to ask when you’re dealing with so much right now—but would you be able to post some sizes (clothes, shoes) that the family members need? Thanks, and all best wishes to you.
posted by: So sad on March 10, 2011 5:30pm
Are church donations for both the Roberson and Ali families or are they separate collections? My prayers go out to all who are suffering with this terrible tragedy…
posted by: hey on March 11, 2011 12:08am
Please make all donations to the old St Brendans Church. I year old litle boy, 3 year old girl, 9 year old, 17 and 19 boys. 20 and 23 year old girls.
posted by: bjfair on March 11, 2011 12:56pm
What a devastating loss. I can’t believe that anyone can live with themselves after selfishly taking so many lives and altering the lives of so many more.May God cover this family and our community.
posted by: SORRYFORYOURLOSS on March 11, 2011 10:56pm
I BELIEVE THAT GOD WILL PUT NO MORE ON US THAN WE CAN BARE. WHAT A TRAGEDY. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THAT ENTIRE FAMILY. AND TO THE PERSON OR PERSONS WHO SET THIS FIRE, HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT, KNOWING THAT A CHILD, HIS MOTHER AND COUSIN PERISHED AT YOUR SENSELESS, SELFISH AND CRUEL ACT. MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL. AND IN THIS CASE, THE PUNISHMENT SHOULD FIT THE CRIME. MAY YOUR SOUL(S) BURN AND ROT IN HELL.
posted by: hey on March 14, 2011 10:07am
Thank everyone for all your kind donations. At this time, the family does not have a home to bring these clothes and food items. Could we please hold up on any more clothing donations, until the families are safe in homes.
And just a reminder that they can not cook any foods, only microwave.