Child killed in Albany homicide was DCSS student

Child killed in Albany homicide was DCSS student

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One of the two children killed in connection with a house fire in Doublegate on Wednesday, was a student in Albany.

Zakyria Sanders, 6, was a rising first grader at Lamar Reese Magnet School of Arts, according to Dougherty County School System spokesperson J.D. Sumner.

School officials said the Principal of the school, Dr. Angela Schumate, lives in the neighborhood.

While on the way to school on Wednesday morning, she saw the house on fire.

Sumner said Schumate rushed to the house and started banging on the window to alert the people inside the home, and that Schumate thought she recognized Sanders when first responders wheeled her out on the stretcher.

After doing some research, Schumate discovered Sanders was in fact a student at her school.

Sumner said that Sanders was loved by her classmates.

"She was a line leader which in elementary school terms is the little person who leads the line, who gets to take everybody to lunch or take everybody to the library and stuff like that. And so she was just establishing herself as a model student," said Sumner.

This would've been Sanders second year at the school.

School officials plan to have social workers and counselors at the school to speak to parents and students.

DCSS has already begun to receive requests for off-site counseling.

A neighbor said that kids from the neighborhood are planning to set up a lemonade stand this weekend to raise money for the families.

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