Detroit PAL raising money for surviving members of family lost in fire

A neighborhood in Hamtramck is shaken after a house fire killed a family of four Tuesday morning.

Members of Detroit Police Athletic League are mourning the loss of two of their trusted coaches and volunteers and two sons.

"It's really a tragedy," said Gregory Hicks of PAL. "Losing a member of PAL family ...  it's really family around here."

"They saw a need to come to Detroit PAL and whatever those reasons were, we were happy to accept them," said Dewayne Jones, of PAL. "Because they were dedicated, they cared about the kids and we knew they would work hard."

For two years James Randall Parker, also known as Randy, dedicated countless hours serving as a football, basketball and baseball coach to kids at the Detroit Police Athletic League. 

The private, nonprofit organization focuses on building character in young people through athletics and academics.

His wife, Fredye, affectionately known as Dee, devoted many hours as a cheerleading coach for the organization.

Their two young boys James Parker Jr., 11, and Jarred Parker, 7,  were also involved in the organization.

"Those kids played football of for the All Stars and they were also involved in baseball," Johnsons said. "And so the family saw a need that the kids be involved." 

Organizers at Detroit PAL say the Parker family will always be remembered for their hard work and dedication and now they want to do what they can to honor their memory.

A GoFundMe account has been set up by the organization to help with funeral expenses and to assist the Parker's older daughters Alexis and Diamond who are away at college.

"So our hearts go out to those girls as well," Johnson said. "But it was a tight-knit family that made many sacrifices from their own resources to provide better opportunities for kids in city of Detroit." 

If you would like to show support for the Parkers' daughters and pay for the funeral, CLICK HERE for the GoFundMe page.
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