Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) December 24, 2012
The Western PA Real Estate Investors Association is working to bring attention to a senseless tragedy. Brandy Etchison was the victim of a madman. According to police reports Aaron Wilson Dishong of Altoona PA, was trying to kill his former girlfriend when he set fire to the wrong house. The house that Brandy Etchison was living in with her two young children was mistaken for the home of Dishong’s former partner. Mrs. Etchison was forced to jump from the third floor of her burning apartment with her two year old child in her arms, but was unable to save her three year old son. Her husband Daryl Sr. was at work at the time of the crime.
Neighbors heard screams coming from the burning duplex before 6:30 A.M. on the morning of November 16, 2012. Those cries for help alerted the alerted the street that something terrible was happening.
The Altoona Fire Department was quick to respond to the fire call, but they were not quick enough to save the life of Daryl Etchison. The boy was pronounced dead at Altoona Regional Hospital. The family also lost all of their possessions in the blaze.
The Arsonist facing a list of charges to include homicide, attempted homicide, arson, and related charges, later committed suicide at the local jail. Brandy Etchison spent several weeks in critical condition at the Altoona Regional Hospital. She was badly injured when she used her body to shield her younger child from the desperate three story fall.
There is nothing that can be done to undo this terrible tragedy. An evil man ended the life of an innocent child and gravely damaged an innocent family. Roger Donaldson, a leading member of the Western PA Real Estate Investors Association is the uncle of Brandy Etchison. Roger broke down as he relayed the story of this tragedy to the club. His tears told the story of his family’s pain. Roger has championed this family’s cause to the Pittsburgh based club, with such conviction that the club’s meeting came to an immediate halt.
At this point in time the club is working hard to raise money for the Etchison family. At the monthly meeting, where this story first came to the club’s attention, a spontaneous fundraiser erupted when Board Member Jim Uhler started passing a basket around soliciting contributions for the family. Members of the club were so moved by the story that many emptied their wallets on the spot. Club President Josh Caldwell said “it is our goal to give the Etchison family a Merry Christmas, and to let them know that people care about them.” A follow up fund raiser is planned to reach out to WPREIA members who were not in attendance at the clubs monthly meeting.
A fund was set up for the Etchison family, who lost everything in the November 15 fire. Checks can be made payable to Benefit for Brandy and Darrel Etchison Sr. and sent c/o M&T Bank, Pleasant Valley Branch, 615 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602.