Funeral held for 4 children killed in Percy, Ill. house fire

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 2:25 PM

CHESTER, Ill.— Funeral services were held Tuesday for four siblings who were killed in a Percy, Ill. house fire last week.

Services for Ethan Owen, 12, Kailey Owen, 9, and Brandon and Landan Owen, who were 5-year-old twins, were held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Stelleville, Ill.

They were scheduled to be buried immediately following the church ceremony.

All four attended the same elementary school in Campbell Hill. Ethan was in 6th grade, Kailey was a 4-grader and the twins, Brandon and Landan, were pre-kindergarten.

Administrators with the Trico Community School District cancelled classes so faculty, staff and students could attend the services.

Derrick Twardoski, 33, is accused of deliberately setting fire to the home of the Owen family, located in the 800 block of West Almond in Percy, Ill.

He pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder during an initial court appearance on Monday.

During the brief Randolph County court appearance, a judge ordered Twardoski to remain jailed without bond, assigned him a public defender as attorney and scheduled a June 3 preliminary hearing.

Contributions to the victims’ family can be made at First National Bank, located at 304 W. Main Street in Ava, Ill.

 

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