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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Thank you for showing support for family after house explosion

By the Advocate Editorial Board
June 2, 2014 at 1:02 a.m.


An explosion rocked a quiet neighborhood in Victoria last week. The destruction in the early morning hours of May 28 has left Haley Singer, 26, dead and a father and baby without a home. It also damaged about 12 nearby homes and left our community stunned and grieving.

As the investigation continues into the cause of the blast, the Victoria community has rallied around the Singer family as they begin the process of recovery from the loss of a wife, mother and the place they once called home. Parker Singer, the family's 4-month-old baby, was recently released from University Hospital in San Antonio, and while we are saddened by the loss of her mother, we are glad to know Parker will be OK. Parker's survival is a miracle, and we hope she will have a lifetime of joy to share with her father, Travis Singer, and the rest of her family.

The community's support for this family is truly amazing. A GoFundMe page was created by Kacie Schmidt Balfanz to help the family by encouraging people to donate clothing, diapers, infant care supplies, gift cards, money and more. As of Monday afternoon, more than $75,000 was raised through donations from more than 900 families for the Singer family.

This overwhelming show of support shows the beautiful spirit of people from Victoria and the Crossroads. The explosion was a horrible event that has left a void in the lives of so many people. But the actions of the community in raising thousands of dollars and passing on messages of love and support has shown the love Victorians have for their fellow residents. We hope all of this will help soothe the family's pain and help them heal by knowing there are others who care and are willing to help.

We applaud all of the people and families who have stood by the Singers during this difficult time. The destruction of the Singers' home was a tragedy no one expected or could have predicted. But even though their loss was terrible, it is possible to heal and recover.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, services will be held for Haley Singer. We wish the family the best as they recover from the shock of that day. Their loss was terrible.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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