A Baltimore church has announced a collaboration with several donors, including the United Way of Central Maryland, to help families who were victims of an August home explosion that killed two people, injured several others, and destroyed and damaged many structures.
Pastor G.J. Barnes of The Empowerment Temple AME church and his wife, Junetta Barnes, said during a Wednesday news conference that the church covered the funeral costs for families of those killed during the Aug. 10 explosion in the Reistertown Station neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore.
Barnes and his wife said the church, at 4217 Primrose Ave., is in the process of rolling out four phases in assisting families trying to cope with the aftermath of the blast, a plan they said includes supporting families “physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and financially.”
Joseph Graham, 20, and a rising junior at Morgan State University, and Lonnie Herriott, 61 both died during the incident and were found in the in the wreckage as crews cleaned up.