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Family releases statement sharing memories of Don and Sandra Pyle, Boone children

New statements released from family of six people presumed dead in Annapolis fire.

The Boone and Pyle families released a statement Friday morning about Don and Sandra Pyle and their grandchildren Lexi, Katie, Charlotte and Wes Boone, all of whom are presumed dead in the Monday fire on Childs Point Road in Annapolis.

Four bodies had been recovered as of late Thursday, though they have not yet been formally identified; the search and investigation was continuing Friday morning.

The statement shared memories of all six:

"Charlotte loved her family, horses, basketball and swimming. Her friends from school held a special place in her heart. She had many wonderful adventures with her family. She was fun-loving, intelligent and kind. She wanted to be known as a gamer with an epic love of ‘Minecraft.’ Charlotte loved making videos with her guinea pig, Oreo. Charlotte’s future dreams were to run an animal rescue.”

“Wes loved his friends and family, ‘Doctor Who,’ Legos, ‘Minecraft,’ ‘Plants vs Zombies’ and swimming. Wes was sweet and loving and looked up to his older sister immensely. He loved all his friends and he especially looked forward to seeing his classmates at school every day. He loved trips to the beach with his family. In his future, Wes wanted to build robots.”

“Lexi loved her sister and new baby brother, her friends from school, field hockey, lacrosse and ice skating. She was thoughtful, social, smart and determined. She loved her dog, Sophie. Her favorite adventures included trips with her parents, grandparents and cousins. Lexi wanted to be a vet or on television when she grew up. She was going to be famous.”

"Katie loved her family more than anything, especially her new brother. She was kind, compassionate and loving. She enjoyed soccer, gymnastics, ice skating and singing Taylor Swift songs. Katie's most recent adventures included her birthday party at the castle with the Ravens cheerleaders and a trip to New York City. For only having just turned 7, she was loving and thoughtful beyond her years.”

"Don loved his family, especially the grandchildren, more than anything in the world. They called him “Pop-Pop.” He treated each friend as a special member of his family. He established long-term friendships from high school through his business career. Don loved the Ravens, Orioles and Delaware Blue Hens lacrosse. His hobbies included fishing, golf, skiing and entertaining family and friends. Don also cherished traveling with his wife.”

“Sandy loved her family and had a special place in her heart for each grandchild. She was known to them as ‘Dee-Dee.’ She was extremely loyal to her friends, who were like her extended family. Her passions were numerous and included the Ravens, Orioles, the beach and traveling. She was a one-of-a-kind original - fun-loving, caring and generous. She loved every animal, especially her rescue dogs, and contributed to numerous animal welfare groups. Sandy was incredibly sensitive to the needs of others and generous beyond words.”

On Thursday morning, the family released this statement about the fire:

"On behalf of the Boone and Pyle families, we wish to express our gratitude and appreciation for the love and support being shared with us during this tragic event.  We are blessed that so many family, friends, and neighbors have come together for us in our time of need.

"We recognize the dedicated efforts from Anne Arundel County Fire and Police Departments, the Naval Academy, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and other first responders.  We want our community to know how proud we are of all who have helped us.

"Our love for our family is boundless.  Our loss demands time and quiet reflection to process these feelings.  We ask that you respect our need for privacy. 

"Life is fragile.  Make time today to embrace your loved ones."

 

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