Family identifies boy who died in fire, classmates mourn their friend

New details are being released about the 10-year-old boy found dead at the Sierra Meadows apartment complex after Tuesday’s fire. Friends say he went to school with them at Mitchell Elementary. 

The family tells KRQE News 13 that boy is Ja’Zay Simpson. Friends say he was a fourth-grader at Mitchell Elementary and always knew how to put a smile on someone’s face. Students who were in class with Ja’Zay say Wednesday was a very emotional day as they mourned the loss of their dear friend.

He was found dead after the fire was put out at the Sierra Meadows apartment complex off of Montgomery and Eubank. Fire investigators say, two other children, a 2-year-old and a 13-year-old, were critically injured. They believe them to be Ja’Zay’s siblings.

One of Ja’Zay’s classmates says they spent the day making signs for the family and sharing good memories.

“We cried together, we hugged together,” the little girl said. “We went to a class to take out off of the pain.”

Another student says her class made a card to give to the family. Wednesday, investigators were on scene looking through the rubble. At this time, Albuquerque Fire Rescue is not releasing any updates on what caused the fire.

They are working the case along with Albuquerque Police, who are very interested in a 911 call made when the fire started, in which a woman is heard saying, ‘Please don’t hurt me.’ 

Police are not saying if that call came from the apartment where the fire started, or who that woman was. AFR says the investigation will take some time.

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