The second of two children who died after the car they were in plunged into a St. Louis Park retaining pond was remembered in a Sunday funeral. KARE reported that 7-year-old Alarious Coleman-Guerrido was laid to rest. The second grade boy died in the crash November 21.
The funeral for the other child killed in the incident, 5-year-old Zenavia Rennie, was held Saturday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Minneapolis. The Pioneer Press reported at the time that the Hennepin County medical examiner ruled that the cause of death for the two was drowning.
The three other children who were in the car at the time of the crash remain hospitalized. Amani Coleman-Guerrido, 5, has improved enough to leave the intensive care unit, while Aliyana Rennie, 1, and Zarihana Rennie, 6, were also described by a family attorney as are showing signs of improvement.
This update was posted on Dec. 5 on their Caring Bridge website by Olive Guerrido, described as a relative. (To view the post, you must have a Caring Bridge account.)
"So many improvements. Everyone is coming along very well. Amani is out of ICU, and is getting stronger everyday. Zari is doing awesome and is also getting stronger.And Ali is doing much better and is breathing on her own. All the kids are so brave and are little fighters. The road to recovery will be long but we know you guys will make it through. Thank you for all the orayers and well wishes, they mean so much to the kids and the family. Thank you guys. Much love"
Marion Guerrido, the woman driving at the time of the crash and the mother of two of the children, also survived. Preliminary accident reports suggest the cause of the incident may have been an “overcorrection” on the roadway by the driver. A spokesman with the State Patrol said the final accident report is weeks away.