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House Fire Kills Arlington Heights Mother and Son

A neighborhood came together to mourn the loss of 41-year-old mother Patricia Finnerty and her 11-year-old son Garrett Finnerty. Both were killed in a house fire in their Arlington Heights neighborhood. The family was extremely active in the community. Forty-six year-old father Kevin Finnerty was an artist and coached youth baseball. The mother was a college counselor at Libertyville High School and Garrett played baseball and was also in cubs scout. What is puzzling to most is police are calling the fire suspicious, deemed possible arson because of the unusual burn patterns found in the house. Friends called Patricia a "great mother", a loving family. And now Kevin is fighting for his life in the hospital on life support, badly burned and injured Tuesday morning. The couple had two other kids who made it out safely. The school community at Westgate, where the fifth grader went to school, is postponing ceremonies wrapped around graduation at the end of he school year. The word tragic is tossed around a lot, but this fits the bill. Friends say there's no way arson was involved, especially not from a family member. So if you are a parent, grab your loved ones. You never know what tomorrow brings. Share your thoughts.


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I wonder what would happen. I hope the best. Sadly, the economy has such a rough time with money and now kids who have nothing better to do make it worse. I hope Mrs.Finnerty and her son Garrett make it through this tragic time. I agree with the fact that parents should look out more for there children. I know someone who allows her 12 year old son go out with his friends after school and she doesn't care. All she does is tell him to come home by 10:00 P.M.
Our children need to be a role model to others.
God Bless You :)

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