Africa Family Responds After Mayor Kenney's Office Says MOVE Bombing Victims' Remains Found

Dan Koob reports.

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NATASHA BROWN: This evening, Philly's mayor now says MOVE bombing remains ordered to be cremated actually haven't been destroyed. Why the Africa family tells Eyewitness News they still can't trust the city of Philadelphia.

Good evening, everyone. I'm Natasha Brown. Thanks so much for joining us. It has been 36 years since the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia. Five children and six adults died. But now, a new controversy is stirring about just how the remains of several family members were handled in the decades since. Eyewitness News reporter Dan Koob talked with the Africa family about new developments that came to light this week.

JANINE AFRICA: I've got the remains of your children. No, I don't have the remains of your children. We had the remains, we cremated, disposed them. Oh, I found them.

DAN KOOB: Janine Africa's son was one of 11 killed in the 1985 MOVE bombing that City Council voted to apologize for last year. At a memorial for MOVE victims at Cobbs Creek Park Saturday, Africa says the city of Philadelphia continues to disappoint them.

JANINE AFRICA: Nobody is talking to us. And we just-- it really just confirms what we've been telling y'all all along, why we do not trust them.

DAN KOOB: The situation intensified this week, after Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. Tom Farley resigned after informing city leaders he authorized the cremation and disposal of some MOVE victims' remains, only for the mayor's office to release a statement Friday saying the remains actually had not been destroyed, and were found in the medical examiner's office.

CONSUEWELLA AFRICA: We never got no apology from Jim Kenney. Has he spoken to you? He hasn't spoken to Eddie, he hasn't spoken to me. We are the mothers. No one ever contacted us.

DAN KOOB: Africa says this is the last thing their group expected to come up 36 years after the bombing. The mayor's statement said the medical examiner's office spoke with members of the Africa family, but they say it's not that simple.

JANINE AFRICA: The bombing wasn't enough. You defile the remains, and now you do this back-and-forth about the remains, and still never, never calling any of the mothers.

DAN KOOB: CBS 3 reached out to the Health Department for additional comment. They referred us to the mayor's statement, and that they did not know how to contact Dr. Farley now that he no longer works there. The Africa family tells CBS 3 they want the remains of their family members back so they can honor them properly. Dan Koob, CBS 3 Eyewitness News.