I was ten years old, a fifth grader at St. Catherine of Siena grade school, a few miles away from OLA.
Three of the children were buried from our parish, following their funeral Mass, which all of us school children attended.
To this day, I have been unable to reconcile what happened that day. To this day, I have been unable to put my anger to rest because I never got answers to any of my questions. I may have only been ten years old, but this fire and terrible loss of life and horrible injuries never made any sense to me.
Being raised Catholic, I had an even tougher time because we were told cremation was not allowed, but no one could explain to me what would happen when "Jesus returned to earth i the Second Coming" to those who had been burned so badly there was nothing left but ashes.
That is when I began to question and lose my "faith".