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LeBleu Family Prayer Request Message

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message circulating via social networking websites and email asks recipients to offer prayers for the Mike LeBleu family who lost four of their daughters in a house fire in May 2010.

Brief Analysis

The tragic event described in the message is true. A fire at the LeBleu family home in Ragley, Louisiana resulted in the deaths of the family’s four young daughters. Many versions of the prayer request message misspell the family’s surname.

Examples

PLEASE LIFT UP THE MIKE LABLUE FAMILY….HE LOST 4 DAUGHTERS,AGES 2-11 IN A HOUSE FIRE LAST NIGHT. HIS 3 YEAR OLD SON AND WIFE WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE… SHE’S CURRENTLY IN ICU WITH BURNS…. I DON’T KNOW THIS FAMILY, BUT I DO KNOW THAT ONLY …GOD CAN…HEAL THEIR LIVES NOW.

PLEASE REPOST THIS START A FB PRAYER CHAIN

 

CAN EVERYONE PLEASE STOP PLAYING GAMES FOR 2 MINUTES AND REPOST THIS? PLEASE LIFT UP THE MIKE LEBLUE FAMILY. HE LOST 4 DAUGHTERS, AGES 2-11 IN A HOUSE FIRE LAST NIGHT. HIS 3 YEAR OLD SON AND WIFE WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE. SHE’S CURRENTLY IN ICU WITH BURNS. I DON’T KNOW THIS FAMILY, BUT I DO KNOW THAT ONLY GOD CAN HEAL THEIR LIVES NOW. PLEASE RE-POST THIS AND START A FB PRAYER CHAIN. THANK YOU

 

PASSING ON PRAYER REQUEST: Please pray for the family of Mike LaBleu of Ragley, LA. They lost 4 daughters, ages 2-11 in a house fire last week… A 3 year old son and Mike’s wife were able to escape. She is currently in ICU with burns. I do not personally know this family, but I DO know that only GOD can heal their lives.

 

Detailed Analysis

A number of messages requesting prayers for the LeBleu family who lost four daughters in a devastating house fire are currently circulating via Facebook and other social networking websites as well as via email.

Sadly, the tragic event described in the messages is true. The LeBleu family of Ragley in the American state of Louisiana lost four young daughters when a fire ravaged their home on 12th May 2010.
A May 13 article about the tragedy on local news outlet KPLC notes:

RAGLEY, LA (KPLC) – Four little girls– sisters– are all dead after fire sweeps through a home in rural Beauregard Parish. It happened late last night. The coroner’s preliminary findings indicate they all died from inhaling lethal levels of carbon monoxide.

It’s at 920 Felice Cutoff Road in Ragley where Amy and Michael LeBleu lived with their five children. But a fire which erupted sometime around 10:30 at night has claimed the lives of four of those children. Dead are twin girls 11 year old Kamryn and Keiley LeBleu; eight year old Kassandra LeBleu and one year old Adrianna LeBleu. Their mother managed to escape with her three year old son Michael and tried unsuccessfully to rescue the others.

It’s a loss that has devastated the community– those who knew the family and those who did not like neighbor Pat Keller lives just down the road. “When I first arrived the firemen were setting up. They hadn’t put water on the fire yet. There was a tremendous amount of black smoke and it was just coming over the peak of the roof.”

The loss of four young lives has devastated the community that now concerns itself with helping the survivors. Says Keller, “I just hope that these people that have been involved in this tragedy can find peace”

The community has since rallied around the family, running fund-raising events to help support the LeBleu’s financially.

There are now a number of versions of the prayer request message circulating, many of which misspell the family’s surname as”LaBlue”, “LaBleu”, “LeBlue” and several other derivations, rather than the correct “LeBleu”.

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