The mortal remains of three teenaged siblings who lost their lives in a fire accident in the United States during the Christmas season will arrive in Hyderabad on Friday. After a brief prayer meeting, the bodies will be taken to their parents’ native place of Gurrapu Thanda near Devarakonda in Neredugommu mandal, Nalgonda district, for the burial that is scheduled on Saturday morning.
Satwika Sharron Naik, 17, Aaron Suhas Lalu Naik, 15 and Joy Suchita Naik, 14 died when the house of the family friends with whom they were spending time at Collierville, Tennessee, caught fire on December 24, 2018.
Upon hearing the news of the tragedy, the children’s parents, Rev. Srinivas Naik and his wife Sujatha had rushed to the US, and returned to India on January 11 after making all arrangements.
The bodies of the children will arrive in Hyderabad on a British Airways flight at 5.20 am and will be taken to the Baptist Church Hyderabad at Narayanguda where a prayer meet has been scheduled from 10 am to 11 am. Later, the coffins will be taken to Nalgonda where they will be kept overnight, followed by the funeral at 10 am on Saturday near the Aletheia Banjara School.
“The company we had approached initially told us that the bodies could not be embalmed. Another funeral home in Memphis said they would be able to do the job. Hence the delay in bringing the children home,” said Rev. Naik.
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