You are reading

GoFundMe Launched to Cover Funeral Costs for Family Killed in Massive Blaze in South Richmond Hill

A GoFundMe page has been launched to help cover the funeral costs of three family members who died in a massive fire in South Richmond Hill Friday. From L to R: Nanda, Salima and Devon Persaud (Photos via GoFundMe and Facebook)

June 20, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

A GoFundMe page has been launched to help cover the funeral costs of three family members who died in a massive fire in South Richmond Hill Friday.

Married couple Nanda Persaud, 59, and Salima Persaud, 53, along with their son Devon, 22, died in the blaze that ripped through their shared home. The family is of Guyanese heritage.

The 5-alarm fire broke out around 2:15 p.m. and ravaged the three-story house located at 104-18 125th St. that ended up collapsing, according to the FDNY.

The inferno, exacerbated by high winds, engulfed four additional homes causing other residents to flee out onto the roadway, according to police and reports.

The blaze brought more than 200 firefighters to the scene and was extinguished at around 4:45 p.m., according to reports. It is unknown what caused the fire.

The remains of Nanda, Salima and Devon were discovered by firefighters in the basement where the family is believed to have lived. It is understood there were other tenants living on the first floor and second floor, as well as in the attic.

The GoFundMe was launched Saturday by Abid Ally, a first cousin of the family.

He said the couple’s only surviving son, named Boyo, 32, does not have the financial ability to pay for the funeral expenses. Boyo also has two children of his own and lives at a separate location, Ally told the Queens Post.

Ally has appealed to the public to contribute to the fund, which has raised around $37,000 so far. The fundraiser aims to generate $60,000.

“This family perished in the fire and did not deserve to die like this,” Ally wrote.

“They were always so welcoming, treated everyone like family, and always tried their best to put a smile on everyone’s faces. It is our duty as human beings to give them the same love and care that they shared with everyone.”

He said that Nanda and Salima had worked hard their whole lives and the funds would go toward giving the family a proper funeral.

“Any amount small or big will go a long way and be very much appreciated,’ Ally wrote.

“We want them to have the sendoff they all deserve to show our love before they [are] laid to rest/cremated,”

The devastating incident spurred Mayor Eric Adams to visit the fire scene on Saturday, according to reports.

He also tweeted about the tragedy writing “our hearts break for Queens.”

“Every New Yorker feels this tragedy and we will be with those affected in the days, weeks and months ahead.”

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force investigating vandalism at Forest Hills church that has been targeted in the past

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a case of criminal mischief at a Forest Hills house of worship in which a vandal threw a rock to intentionally damage its glass front door, according to authorities.

Police say that just before 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, police from the 112th Precinct were called to Grace Lutheran Church, located at 103-15 Union Tpke., after a man threw a rock and damaged the church’s front door.

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.

These Queens eateries are participating in the upcoming NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week is underway, so nix that skillet and bring family and friends to your favorite neighborhood spot, or get inspired and break bread somewhere new and different. During this special citywide culinary event, food-lovers will enjoy curated menus and prix-fixe prices that are easy on the wallet.

Bookings began on Jan. 17 and are available until Feb. 12, and you can reserve a table at 30 participating Queens restaurants, along with hundreds more across the five boroughs.