Skip to comments.Mom remembers daughters killed in Christmas Day blaze, calls tragedy 'incomprehensible'
Posted on 01/05/2012 4:38:44 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
Calling the Christmas Day fire that killed her three daughters and parents "incomprehensible," fashion ad exec Madonna Badger told hundreds of people packed in a Fifth Avenue church this morning that she'll never forget her family.
"Why did this happen to my parents and my children and why now? Nothing will bring my babies back," Badger told mourners during an emotional eulogy at St. Thomas Church.
Badger's parents and daughters died in the predawn blaze that swept through her Stamford, Conn. mansion.
Badger, dressed all in black, wept as she bravely addressed the crowd of some 1,000 mourners to talk about her "little tribe" of daughters.
A few feet away were three small caskets, laid side by side, each with a white and pink wreath.
"My girls are in my heart. They're right here. And that's where they live now," she said.
Through pauses to break down in tears, but keeping amazingly composed during the 15 minute eulogy, Badger talked about how love is the only thing that has kept her going.
"In all the incomprehensible loss and chaos, all I can hang onto is that love is everything," she said.
Badger said dealing with the deaths "is going to be hard" and insisted that she'll never forget her lovely daughters.
"I want to remember my girls out loud. To fight for them to never be forgotten," she said.
Badger also shared what her daughters meant to her, but added that they were just "the smallest of drops in an ocean of memories."
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Matthew and Madonna Badger, with Michael Borcina, attend the funeral for their three daughters, who were killed in a fire on Christmas Day along with Madonna Badger's parents.
I can’t imagine wanting to go on after losing your family like that.
I wish her so much peace, but I doubt peace is to be had for her and her husband in this lifetime.
Future Christmas seasons will be Hell on earth for her.
Prayers for this woman and her family.
I read somewhere that her daughters had raked the coals out of the chimney base after a fire in order for “Santa” to be able to climb down. If this is true it’s even more heartbreaking.
What is astounding is that the asshole who left the house without working smoke detectors, who put the coals in a paper bag against the back of the house, who said “they” were trying to “stay positive” - who said he had the kids in his hands but they ran away and up into the flames, is standing right behind her.
I don't believe that is true. What I have read in multiple sources is that Mr. Borcina cleaned out the fireplace at 3:30 a.m. after wrapping presents and before going to bed. Later it was said that he cleaned them out because the girls were concerned about Santa coming down the chimney.
Mr. Borcina is standing behind Mrs. Badger in the photo above. If she can forgive him, we can do no less. God give them strength to go on, including Mr. Badger.
O.K. I must have read it wrong, but it is something one can imagine a child doing. Tragic.
Heartbreaking and tragic all around.
I wonder if there were insurance policies out on the kids and grandparents....