The father also releases odd public statements surrounding the events.
The funeral for Lashanda Armstrong, the mother who drove her van into the Hudson River to drown her four kids, will be held today — April 21. But Jean Pierre, the father of the three kids who died in the tragedy, announced her services would be separate from their children!
The tragedy took place when Lashanda, 25, put her four kids — 10-year-old Lashaun, 5-year-old Landon, 2-year-old Lance, and 11-month-old Lainaina – in her van on April 12 and drove the vehicle into the Hudson River. All but Jean’s stepson Lashaun died, as he was able to escape through the window and swim to safety.
“My deepest sympathy goes out to Lashaun and the Armstrong family,” Jean wrote, in a statement reported by the Daily News. “I ask that I be given the opportunity to grieve the loss of my three children privately. I loved Landon, Lance, Lainaina, Lashanda and still love Lashaun will all my heart.”
Although Lashanda’s funeral takes place on April 21, the ceremony for the three kids she had with Jean will occur on April 25.
Along with the announcement of the funeral preparation, Jean also distanced himself from any involvement with the deaths, as it was reported he was acting aggressively toward Lashanda before the incident took place.
“I have been inaccurately portrayed as being directly responsible for the tragedy,” he wrote. “If I could, I would have changed some things in my past. (I) am shocked and distraught by what happened. This has been a very devastating tragedy for all concerned.”
What a heartbreaking occurrence in every way.
— William Earl
More About This Tragedy:
- First Photo Of The Only Survivor Of Hudson River Tragedy, LaShaun Armstrong
- Family Trying To Make Sense Of The Senseless After Mother Kills Her Three Children
- Mother Kills Herself And Three Children By Driving Minivan Into River