Friends are fondly remembering the life of a disabled woman killed in a fiery explosion at her home in San Francisco.
Rita Price is being remembered as a “happy go lucky person” who “lit up” a room with “her big smile and laugh,” said her friend Jule to ABC7 News.
According to The Inquirer, a stroke made her wheelchair bound. Firefighters found her dead February 9 in the rubble of her home after it exploded in what authorities describe as a drug fire.
Her husband Darron Price faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. He’s accused of cooking up PCP in the family’s home, sparking the blast that destroyed the home and damaged two others.
Rita’s caregiver Lisa escaped the fire, but suffered burns to her head and torso. Rita is survived by two children, ages 14 and 17, and an adult son.
Friends of Rita asked that the public not rush to judgment about her husband.
“We still believe he at least took care of Rita and her family and her kids. That we have no doubt about it. He did it faithfully for years, and that’s all we know. A person is more complex that that,” said Lee, Rita’s massage therapist.
A Go Fund Me page set up by friends to help the family with funeral expenses has so far raised $17,000.
“For those of you who knew her, she had a very kind soul and a heart of gold. Her laugh and smile were infectious,” friends wrote on Go Fund Me. “The world is a better place with her in it.”
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