A coach with the Arbutus Golden Eagles football program has set up a fund to support the family of two brothers who died in a fire that broke out in the 600 block of South Pulaski Street on Thursday, Sept. 22.
The boys, Tyquis Moore, 11, and Jaquis Manigo, 7, and their mother, Michelle Manigo, 33, who was seven months pregnant, died in the early-morning blaze that damaged 10 rowhouses.
The boys' older brother was at his grandmother's house when the fire broke out, according to Matt Kuhn, who coaches the boy in the Arbutus program.
Kuhn and the program have set up the Manigo Family Fund to support the boy.
"We're just basically doing a donation collection for the family," said Kuhn, who has coached the Golden Eagles for 11 years. "We are reaching out as far as we can."
Kuhn called the surviving brother the motivational leader of his team of players, ages 11 to 13.
The Golden Eagles play their fifth game of the season in Linganore this weekend, and Kuhn said he told the boy to take his time before returning to football.
Kuhn said the boy responded, "My mom would want me to be there."
Kuhn said the fund will accept monetary donations delivered in person or mailed to Chesapeake Bank of Maryland, 5424 Carville Ave, Arbutus MD 21227.
Checks can be made out to the Manigo Family Fund.
The fund will support the child in any way possible, Kuhn said.
The Golden Eagles plan to have a candlelight vigil at Arbutus Middle School, 5525 Shelbourne Road, early next week, Kuhn said.