A mobile home fire that killed five people in April near Goodfield, Ill., was started intentionally by a juvenile who was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson.
Kyle Alwood killed his two half-siblings, one-year-old Ariel and two-year-old Daemeon Wall; his cousin, Rose Alwood, aged two; Kyle’s stepfather, 34-year-old Jason Wall, and the children’s maternal great-grandmother, 69-year-old Kathryn Murray.
The mobile home park is just northeast of the village limits of Goodfield. The village of about 1,000 residents is located along Interstate 74 between Peoria and Bloomington-Normal.
After an investigation by the Woodford County Coroner’s office and other county and state agencies, the coroner confirmed the cause of death for the two adults and three children on April 6 at Timberline Mobile Home Park.
The autopsies revealed they all died of smoke inhalation.
Ariel Wall and Daemeon Wall were children of Jason Wall and Katrina Alwood, who escaped the blaze. So did her 9-year-old son Kyle Alwood.
Jason Wall was Katrina Alwood’s fiance. Rose Alwood was a niece. Murray was Katrina Alwood’s grandmother.
Following their escape, Katrina Alwood and Kyle Alwood were transported to a Peoria hospital, where they were treated and released.
On Thursday, Katrina Alwood appeared on CBS This Morning, two days after her sole surviving child, Kyle Alwood, was officially charged.
Katrina said that Kyle suffers from mental illness and is “not a monster.”
The 27-year-old mother told CBS that Kyle had been recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. She also revealed that the boy in the past had shown interest in lighters and fire.
“It was a horrific and tragic mistake but it’s not something to throw his life away for,” she said during her CBS interview.
Kyle’s stepfather, Wall, served in the US Army, according to Daily Mail, and described himself as a stay-at-home parent on Facebook.
Popular Military was unable to obtain more details about his military service.
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