Parents Heartbroken After Children Drown
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa - Residents in Marshalltown are struggling to support two refugee families whose children drowned in the Iowa River this week.
The families speak one of an estimated 135 dialects used by ethnic minorities in the southeast Asian country of Myanmar, creating a language barrier that affects even those who are from the country.
Family friends said that the mother of two of the children, 9-year-old Lee Meh and 7-year-old Se Reh, spent a night in the hospital after she attempted to commit suicide.
Parents for the third victim, 7-year-old Thay Mo, initially did not believe that their child was gone. On Thursday morning, the couple refused to cite traditional prayers for the dead.
Services for the children are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Center School Cemetery, the Marshalltown Times-Republican newspaper reported.
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