Family preparing to bury father and son may face eviction

Reported by Shelley Brown - bio | email

Posted by Nick Dutton - email

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTOL) - A local family is preparing to lay a father and son to rest one week after the two drowned in the Maumee River while fishing. But the family may be forced out of their home.

Funeral services for 12-year-old Shondale Galloway II and his father, will be held Tuesday at Blessed Sacrament Church in west Toledo at 10 a.m..

The family, already going through so much, says they're getting evicted.

"Every now and then they'll say I want my dad. When he coming home?"

Marquitia Galloway is having to answer some tough questions from her seven children. Five little girls and two boys.

"My two-year-old, she's talking about how he went camping and went to catch the fish and he drowned in the water. It's pretty deep, so."

Seven children lost a father and a brother.

Police say they had been camping in Cullen Park, they may have waded into the river to fish when they were dragged under by a current.

The family is trying to prepare for funeral services, but aren't sure if they'll even have a place to sleep tonight.

"Friday they were saying actually that I had to be out by today."

Galloway said they had moved to the Regina Manor Apartments with family because of a financial bind. And now because there are too many people in one house, they're being told they must go.

And with her husband's income gone, Galloway isn't sure where they'll end up.

"Right now her immediate needs will be met, but it's down in the future without having a father in the household. There are a lot of things that are going to come up that she's going to need assistance with," says African American Police League President Harold Mosley.

The African American Police League and others have stepped up with monetary help. But having to pack up and move the day before two funerals is almost unimaginable.

A memorial fund has been set up to help the family at Fifth Third Bank. It's under the Galloway name.

*News 11 tried contacting apartment management, but was unable to reach a supervisor.