Street named after 17-year-old scholar-athlete killed in 2017 fire

Last weekend, community members and elected officials unveiled the new street sign for Melody Anne-Simone Edwards Way.

The sign at 118th Avenue and Springfield Gardens in Cambria Heights commemorates one of the lives lost on a Sunday afternoon two years ago when a four-alarm fire took the lives of five people between the ages of 2 and 21 years old.

Among the victims was 17-year-old Melody Anne-Simone Edwards, an Arista National Honor Society member, track and volleyball star and to-be graduate at Queens High School of Teaching.

She was visiting the home of her friend, Jada Foxworth, who also died in the fire.

Melody’s family established a $1,000 scholarship in her name for graduating high school students who demonstrate a strong commitment to volunteerism.

They also plan to create a foundation called #E4M – Everything for Melody – to foster a spirit of community service.

Others who died in the tragic incident include Jada’s sister, 20-year-old Destiny Dones, and cousins Rayshawn Matthews, 10, and Chayce Lipford, 2.


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