KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Three-year-old Mahki Johnson lost his life in a South Knoxville apartment fire April 10. Now, a memorial service has been planned, with requests for donations for the costs of burial and emotional recuperation for his family.
Parents Marjorie Anderson and Maxie Johnson spoke to Local 8 News while searching through the rubble of what used to be their apartment in South Knoxville.
"He was just a good kid," said Marjorie Anderson. "There was so much I wanted to teach him. Education, how to treat a woman and how to clean up. Little things, life lessons, you know?"
Local 8 News followed the parents as they went through unit 216, salvaging items belonging to Mahki.
"I can't believe that this happened," said Maxie Johnson. "It's all memories. Even though I'm getting the stuff out, I still can't believe the fire happened."
Both Marjorie and Maxie said the support of friends and family has helped tremendously.
"I was told was that my son was a gift," said Maxie. "They said, 'sometimes you don't have control on how long you can keep a gift.' I'll see him again one day, it just won't be today."
Services for the child will be held in Nashville at Macedonia Baptist Church. Viewing is from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.
The family set up a gofundme account, with a goal of raising $15,000 for the family. As of Wednesday evening, nearly $2,000 has been raised on the page.