Mom honors daughter killed in house fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mom honors daughter killed in house fire

Taylor (Source: Jamell Matthews) Taylor (Source: Jamell Matthews)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A mom is honoring the tragic loss of her daughter by giving back to the Mid-South. 

A Midtown house fire killed an aunt and her two nieces last July. The fire happened in the 1700 block of Nelson Avenue.

The girls' father said his sister was babysitting his 3- and 5-year-old daughters when the fire started. The father said all three women died at the hospital. 

Jamell Matthews, 5-year-old Taylor Matthews' mom, spoke to WMC Action News 5 days after the fire. 

Approaching the one year anniversary of her daughter's death, this mom wants to do more. 

"As a push to continue to spread good cheer and impact the youth and young adults, we have started a scholarship fund in Taylor's memory," Matthews said.

Matthews established Taylor's World, an organization aimed at encouraging people to be happy and genuine, even in tumultuous times. 

"This amazing little girl was able to bring peace and joy to everyone that she came in contact with," Matthews said. "She was a constant reminder that despite what's going on around, joy is not in things, it is in us." 

Scholarship applications can be found online here, as well as information about an upcoming youth empowerment conference planned in Taylor's memory. 

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