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Ellen visits accident victims’ families

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has paid a visit to the families of two kids killed in a fatal motorcade accident last Wednesday, 30 November after she departed Liberia for Ghana.

The Presidential convoy moved at an unusual slow speed when President Sirleaf returned on Tuesday, which appears to publicly demonstrate how the President mourns with the bereaved family.

Families spokesman Mr. Mark Korda said the kids were friends, who attended school together prior to their death. President Sirleaf, who received the news while away in Ghana, made her
first stop at the residence of the kids’ parents close to the ELWA Junction upon returning to Liberia on Tuesday, 6 December and expressed sorrows and regrets over the incident.
Mr. Korda says he is uncle to one of the kids that got killed, while the other named Tucker was son of a neighbor in the community.

Dozens of students as well as community dwellers lined up along the pathway leading to the victim’s family house as President Sirleaf drove there. Family members wept during the President’s visit, and the biological parents of the kids could not speak immediately.

But Mr. Korda said one of the kids came from triplets, one of whom he said got stolen from the hospital after birth. He also told President Sirleaf that the mother died prior to the motorcade accident. The presidential convoy was involved in the  accident with the kids last week while returning from the Roberts International Airport or RIA in Margibi County, where it had escorted the President on her way to Ghana.  She subsequently received the shocking news of the accident with the kids when the motorcade was returning to Monrovia.

While leaving the bereaved families’ home, a youthful crowd mixed with students demanded to see President Sirleaf before she departed, following which she stood to the door of her van and waved to them as they cheered upon seeing her.

By Winston W. Parley-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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