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April 21, 2014

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The Band Perry Pays For Funerals
Of Fire Victims

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The Band Perry will pay for the funeral expenses of eight children and their mother who died last week in a western Kentucky house fire.

Originally published: 2014-02-03 10:58:32
Last modified: 2014-02-03 11:21:29
 


BY LISA WARREN

STAFF WRITER

Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry of The Band Perry are known for their big hearts -- especially when it comes to their hometown of Greeneville.

Now, the country music siblings are reaching out to another small town after a house fire claimed the lives of nine members of the same family.

The Perrys have offered to pay for the funeral of eight children and their mother who died last Thursday in a small town in western Kentucky, an Associated Press report says.

According to the report, Nikki Watson and eight of her children all died in the house fire.

Messages left by The Greeneville Sun for The Band Perry spokespersons were not immediately returned this morning.

But a posting on the Watson Family Fundraiser Facebook page Friday night said the band "has paid for the entire funeral."

According to a CNN report, there were just two survivors: Chad Watson, husband and father, and an 11-year-old girl.

The CNN report said that the two are being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Watson is listed in critical condition and the girl in stable condition, CNN said.

Pam Burden, a Watson family friend, told CNN that the Perrys also offered to pay hotel expenses for family members staying near the medical center where the two are being treated.

"I don't kow why The Band Perry reached out to the family other than they are just very gracious," Burden said. "The family doesn't have any personal connection to band before now."

Burden led a candlelight vigil for the victims on Friday night at the church in Central City, CNN said.

 
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