The aunt of an infant killed in an arson fire now being investigated as a homicide is pleading with the public to withhold judgement on the circumstances of the boy’s death.
Baby Hunter died in hospital after being rescued from a burning house in southwest Edmonton on Tuesday. He was five months old.
His mother, Angie Tang, remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Edmonton homicide detectives have described the fire as suspicious. No suspects are in custody. Crews began demolishing the gutted home on Thursday. Fire officials said earlier this week that work would not begin until the on-scene investigation had been complete.
“There are people who will make judgements from what they see, or read, or hear,” Judith Lam Tang wrote in a personal blog post on Wednesday.
“Please consider that every person deals with tragedy, with loss, with heartbreak, in a different way. None of us are calm, well-spoken, rational people in a situation like this.”
‘We are scared and trying to be strong’
Lam Tang, who said she is married to Angie’s eldest brother, said the family has been subject to intense scrutiny since the “unthinkable” tragedy.
“Please don’t spend your time speculating about what happened, and let the police do their job,” she wrote. “Instead, I encourage you to spend your time cherishing your own family and holding them close, because life is so precious.”
She said curiosity about the case, and the media’s desire to get the “inside scoop” is undermining the family’s ability to heal. They need time to grieve for Hunter and pray for Angie’s recovery, she wrote.
“I want to set the record straight. I can’t speak for everyone. But I can speak for Angie’s immediate family because we are in this together. We are grieving together. We are surviving together.
“We are barely holding it together because we are overcome by the loss of our precious Hunter. We…