Victims of Stamford Christmas fire remembered 1 year later - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Victims of Stamford Christmas fire remembered 1 year later


In one Fairfield County neighborhood, a somber mood was cast over this Christmas as Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic deaths of three little girls and their grandparents.

They were killed after their Stamford home was engulfed in flames.

Eyewitness News visited the home on Tuesday to see how the victims were being remembered.

Mother Madonna Badger was not at the home on Shippan Avenue, and in fact, she's not even in the country. According to reports, she's in Thailand spending this day with orphans.

Meanwhile, neighbors and friends have been coming by dropping off flowers and candles in the memory of Lily, Sarah, Grace and their two grandparents.

Former employees of Badger came to the home and lit candles while shedding tears and hugging their loved ones tight as they sent up a prayer for the five lives that were tragically lost here one year ago.

"Disbelief really. It's hard to take in, with everything that's been happening lately," said neighbor Lance McConomy. "It's hard to understand how something like that can happen."

Questions still swirl around the actual case as the Badgers prepare to file a lawsuit against the city. Neighbors in Stamford said Christmas just won't be the same here for a very long time.

"We'll never lose sight of it," McConomy said. "Like anything that happens, this was terrible."

No one feels that more than Badger, who escaped the fire unharmed. After the tragedy, she left her Connecticut life behind and moved to Arkansas. In an interview with Piers Morgan, she said she'd be packing up suitcases full of her daughters' toys and taking them to Thailand to share them with orphans during the holidays.

"In the beginning, you don't cope," Badger told Piers Morgan. "My life was basically shattered."

For father Matthew Badger, life isn't the same, either. Eyewitness News caught up with him earlier this year when he unveiled a fund in the names of his daughters.

"A person that loses their child have attacks in waves of incredible despair," said Matthew Badger. "That make you feel like you're on the edge.

For the Badgers, they cling to the hope that eventually, their hearts will heal.

"The only reason why time is a healer is because my whole life or what felt like my whole life up until this point has really been about my girls," Matthew Badger said. "The time part is the idea of learning how to live without them."

Copyright 2012 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.