Interfaith community mourns loss of three children

Updated: Wednesday, February 20 2013, 11:59 PM EST
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Jonetta Woods, the mother who lost three children on Monday, was understandably inconsolable Wednesday night.

More than 100 people gathered at Interfaith Homes in Kalamazoo, the scene of a deadly fire on Monday afternoon.

"We're not here to figure out why it happened," said Doreen Gardner, from Mount Zion Baptist Church. "But we're here because it did happen."

3-year-old twins Tevin and Tyniah Williams, along with their 1-year-old sister Tyonna, were trapped inside and couldn't make it out safely.

Investigators told Newschannel 3 that it appears the mother left the kids in the care of her boyfriend, and he left for some reason, leaving the kids alone.

However, police freely admit that there is a ton of conflicting information and rumors swirling around this case.

Kalamazoo City Councilwoman Stephanie Moore has been by the mother's side for the last 48 hours or so, and says there's also many misconceptions.

"In a lot of different ways, this girl was the victim," she said. "And I Just ask for some people to have compassion and be empathetic and don't jump to conclusions when a lot of it is just innuendo and insinuations."

The residents at Interfaith consider themselves family, and after the vigil, many gathered near the site of the fire to leave stuffed animals.

The father of the twins was there as well, hugging loved ones, and too emotional to express his feelings through words.

Later this week, we expect to find out the cause of the fire.

Woods' 4-year-old daughter was able to escape safely.
Interfaith community mourns loss of three children
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