Second visitation added for M'ville family found dead

2013-10-25T18:45:00Z 2013-10-25T23:54:07Z Second visitation added for M'ville family found deadDeborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

MERRILLVILLE | A Sunday visitation has been added for those wanting to pay respects to the Merrillville family killed in a carbon monoxide leak accident.

The additional visitation is from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Leak and Sons funeral home, 18400 S. Pulaski Road, Country Club Hills, for Kennetha Purnell, 38; her husband, Micheal Nichols, 41, and their two children, Matthew Nichols, 13 and Morgan Nichols, 11.

All four died, apparently from carbon monoxide poisoning, at the home they were renting at 825 W. 70th Ave., police said.

The family had just moved into the home Oct. 12, a Saturday, and likely died sometime that night, police said. Their bodies were discovered Oct. 16.

A wake will be held at 10 a.m. Monday followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Holy Cathedral Church of God and Christ, 15912 Lincoln Ave., Harvey.

Funeral arrangements for the family are through Leak and Sons in Chicago.

The second visitation was added for those who can't attend services on Monday, cousin Angela Davis said.

Matthew was an eighth-grader at Pierce Middle School, and his sister, Morgan, was a sixth-grader at Merrillville Intermediate School, Merrillville School Superintendent Mark Sperling said.

Purnell had been employed as assistant to the dean of the College of Education at Chicago State University; her husband was a self-employed carpenter, Davis said.

The Merrillville Community School Corp. is holding a special event to honor the family and to raise money to buy carbon monoxide detectors through Lowe's for needy families, Davis said.

The event will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at Merrillville High School.

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