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Four Years Later: Flora fatal arson investigation

Posted at 10:55 AM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 10:59:39-05

FLORA — The heartache is never-ending for the family of four girls from Flora who were killed in a house fire four years ago.

The victims' ages ranged from 5 to 11 years old.

The Indiana State Police still hope for a lead in the case that shocked a community and devastated a family and a mother.

Their names: Keyana (11), Keyara (9), Kierelle (7), and Kionnie (5). All four of the sisters killed in an arson fire on East Columbia Street in Flora on Nov. 21, 2016.

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It's another painful Thanksgiving with four empty seats for Gaylin Rose, the girls' mother.

"I miss them ... like no other," Rose said. "It's been four years ya'll. I had a normal life before this, before that night, and for it to change drastically, it confuses me, it hurts me, and I have no understanding of if it at all."

The girls' Aunt Jackie Partlow still lives in Florida.

"We are not going to give up, we will not let this case go cold," Partlow said. "I won't allow these girls' deaths to be in vain."

The State Police say they're no new developments in the investigation. ISP Superintendent Doug Carter says this is not a cold case.

"Somebody out there and whether tips continue to come in of if they don't — when they stop we start all over, we start all over again," Carter said.

Rose is comforted by memories of her daughters' enthusiasm and creativity, which she believes would have served them well during this pandemic.

"My girls would not agree with this disease at all. I can honestly say that they would not agree with homeschooling, not agree with computer work, 'let me out; what is going on. We are not staying in this house,'" Rose said of what her girls would've been like during this time.

"Their smile is what I remember the most," Rose continued. "I want my babies here with me."

Four sisters denied a future. Victims of a crime that presently needs someone, anyone, to step up and speak out.

If you have any information about this on-going case, you can call the tip hotline at 1-800-382-4628. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered to encourage anyone with information to step forward.

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