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Children of Lester Street continue recovery

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - It was one ago today that Memphis police made one of the worst discoveries in the city's history - six people dead inside a home on Lester Street.

On the anniversary of the worst mass murder in Memphis history, the children who survived are being cared for at an un-disclosed location.

Valorie Smith, guardian ad liteum for Cecil Dotson Jr., Cedric and younger sister Ceniyah, said Tuesday the children are experiencing both good days and bad days as they continue to grapple with what happened.

"The children are making real good progress," she said. "Physically, there are some things that still have to be done; some medical procedures. They suffered tremendous injuries but they have made tremendous progress."
Currently, the children are living with a caregiver, and the two oldest are attending school.

"I will tell you that the people who are taking care of them love these children very much, and those children love these people very much," Smith said.

Smith said the children told her they were especially grateful for the donations and outpouring of support that came from the Memphis community after the shocking murders. A portion of the $140,000 collected has already been used to help with transportation.

"That was to buy a new vehicle for them to get back and forth to their doctors and their counseling appointments, and any other needs that they had," Smith said.

The hope now is that time will help the children heal from the trauma they experience...

"They're fun children," Smith said. "They are lots of fun to talk to. They are mischievous. They are doing regular kid things, but as I say, they have their moments when these things weigh very heavily on them."

Smith would not say whether or not the children have had contact with their biological family members.

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