Grieving father: 'They were the best. Why take them?'

Father grieves over family members lost in fire

TUCKER, Ga. -- The lone survivor of a house fire that took the lives of his wife and daughters returned to their home on Thursday to be with them and share their memory with others.

Authorities said Kathy Patterson, her 12-year-old daughter Kayla, and 9-year-old daughter Madeline perished in a fire at a Tucker home Tuesday night.

Brent Patterson was the only one who made it out of the home alive.

Outside the charred remains of the home, Patterson reflected on the tremendous loss.

"This is the only place I can come to be with them," Patterson said. "This is all I have left, this is it. I don't know what else to do, this is where they are."

Standing beside a memorial of teddy bears and balloons, Patterson said seeing the school bus drive by in the morning is a painful reminder that his kids are never coming back

Moments later, that bus drove by.

"They were the best," a tearful Patterson said. "Why take them?"

Patterson said that the memorial brings him comfort, because it shows that people thought fondly of his family.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses. Click here for more details. 

Photos | Kathy Patterson and family

 


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