Apr 21, 2011

 
 
 

Via NY Daily News:

A last-minute funeral feud blocked Lashanda Armstrong from spending eternity alongside her three kids, leaving the late mom's family seething at the children's cheating dad.

Jean Pierre, father of the three youngsters drowned last week in the Hudson River, broke a week-long silence on Wednesday to announce separate funerals and burials for the mother and kids.

His devastating decision came barely 24 hours before the Armstrong family had planned a single funeral for Lashanda, 25, and the children. The four were set for side-by-side burial.

"I am very angry," fumed Angela Gilliam, the dead woman's aunt. "This jackass just came in here and messed everything up. She should be buried with her children, regardless of what she did."

Instead, 5-year-old Landon, 2-year-old Lance and 11-month-old Lainaina will be buried Monday in a Congers, N.Y., cemetery. Lashanda Armstrong's burial is set for today at the Brick Church Cemetery in New Hempstead.

Pierre, 26, has no plans to attend his high school sweetheart's funeral. Gilliam promised her side of the family would turn out for Monday's farewell to the kids.

"I won't say anything to him," Gilliam said. "It's not about him. It's about my niece and two nephews, not about him. I think I'm better than that. I know I'm better than that."

Pierre, through a lawyer, released a terse four-paragraph statement defending himself in the April 12 tragedy.


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