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Funeral donations needed to help family of fire victims

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -
Family members of the Franklin Street fire victims say their loved ones haven't been buried yet because they're having trouble paying for funeral expenses. 

It's been over a week since the deadly fire on Franklin Street, but the family says they've just barely started the healing process. But a financial roadblock is causing them even more heartache. 

One of the victims funerals was actually on Wednesday. 76-year-old Donald Lankford's family gathered to lay him to rest in English, Indiana. 

The funeral for 28-year-old Keri Jones and her daughter, 3-year-old Jazmine Jones, is set for next Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Alexander West Funeral Home.

But the family says if they can't come up with the money by Friday, they may not be able to have any kind of service for them. 

"I just want to get my sister and my niece laid to rest so the family can start healing. We may have to turn to cremation, and my sister, all she ever wanted when my mom passed was to be buried next to my mom. She was already in a fire. I just can't. I don't think our family could handle having to settle for cremation," Keri Jones' sister, Candice Owen says.

If you'd like to donate to help the family, you can go to any Heritage Credit Union location and give to the "Jazmine Jones Memorial Fund."

Also a reminder, three Franklin Street restaurants- Smitty's, Gerst Haus and Sportsman's- are donating 10 percent of Wednesday's food sales to the fire victims. 

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