Events to honor mom, 4 kids killed in fire

It’s been a year since a fire raged through a home on Midland Park Lane in a west Newnan neighborhood, killing Alonna “Lola” McCrary, her two young daughters and their two half sisters.

To commemorate the anniversary of that event, family members are holding two events on Sunday.

A balloon release and candlelight ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Midland Park Lane, where the home once stood, said Erica McCrary, sister of Lola McCrary.

There will be a cookout in the Westgate neighborhood starting around 2:30 p.m.

McCrary’s three surviving daughters, Molly, Destiny and Erica, wanted to have the event, Erica McCrary said. “Everybody is bringing their kids,” she added.

McCrary’s father lives in the neighborhood, and the cookout will be centered around his home, with several neighbors also participating.

“We’re trying to start something positive because of some of the negative stuff that is going on,” she said.

There will also be a cookout starting at 4 p.m. at First Avenue Park in downtown Newnan, said Shannon Arnold, great aunt of MaKinzie Florence. Florence, 1, was the youngest of the fire victims.

“Our families are showing our appreciation to the firefighters and police officers for everything they did to try to save the babies,” Arnold said.

It’s an event for families and children and there will be a DJ. There will also be a balloon release.

“We’ve have fun and stop for a moment to let the balloons go,” Arnold said.

“It’s going to be nice,” she said. “It’s going to be bittersweet, but it’s going to nice.”

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