Fire victim’s son says his mom was soon to be grandma

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – “It’s just me and her really, now. That’s all I have left,” says Darryl Booker.

He and his 17-year-old sister now have to rely on each other, after their mom, 37-year-old Tia Strickland and brother, 15-year-old Ricky Turner, died in a house fire early Thursday morning on Pinehurst Avenue.

Darryl tells me he’s going to be a father in a few months and his mother couldn’t wait.

“She was about to be 38 and a grandma. So, that was the joy right there. She was finally about to be a grandma and that’s all she talked about, finally having the opportunity and being ready for it. She was so excited,” he explains.

Family photos of fatal fire victims in Dayton
Family photos of fatal fire victims in Dayton. (WDTN Photo/Jackie Sprague)

Darryl tells me Ricky was not only a good student, but also a track star.

He says his brother was known as Pretty Ricky, and you couldn’t help but smile when you were around him

“My brother was a goofball. He really was. He just didn’t want anything else but to have fun, be a kid and to try to make everybody else happy, really, always smiling about something, always giggling,” he says.

Darryl tells us he doesn’t know how he’s going to pay for his mom and brother’s funeral.

You can help by donating to the Tia and Ricky Memorial Fund at any Wright Patt Credit Union location.

A prayer vigil will be held Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Triangle Park.

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