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Annabelle Yang
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Birth: Mar. 31, 2000
Death: Aug. 31, 2005

Obituary from The Herald Newspaper
Rock Hill, South Carolina
September 2, 2005

CLOVER -- Annabelle Yang, 5, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, as the result of a house fire. The final rites will be observed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at King's Funeral Home Chapel, 4000 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte. Burial will be at Beatties Ford Memorial Gardens in Huntersville, N.C.

Article from The Herald Newspaper
Rock Hill, South Carolina
September 2, 2005

Chee Yang's life was destroyed Wednesday. Physically, he's doing OK, though the 32-year-old has burns on his stomach and back. But nearly everything he lived for -- his wife and two of his three children -- perished in a fire that also destroyed the home he planned to grow old in. Yang's wife, Teur Her, 30, and his daughters, Lilly Yang, 11, and Annabell Yang, 5, all died from smoke inhalation in the Wednes- day morning fire. Yang pulled his 8-year-old daughter, Amy, onto the back porch. He tried to go back for the others, but the smoke was too thick and the fire too hot. "It burned my stomach, my back, my hand and my eyes," he said. "I tried to save the rest. I don't even know where they went." Officials still don't know what caused the blaze at 221 Gateway Farm Road, a home north of Clover near the North Carolina state line. Capt. Glenn Williams of the York County Sheriff's Office said his agency, the York County Fire Marshal's Office and the State Law Enforcement Division are still investigating and hope to release something soon, though he could not say when. As for Yang, he and his remaining daughter are coping with their loss at his mother's home in Charlotte. "She's doing fine," he said of Amy. "As for me, I'm not doing so good. I miss them so much." In addition to claiming those he cherished, the fire also extinguished the hope Yang had for his family's success, a goal he spent years achieving. Yang was born in Laos. His wife was born in Thailand. Both immigrated to the United States in their youth and met in California. "My friends grew up with her friends," Yang said. The two quickly fell for each other. When they married, she was 18. He was 21. The couple made their first home in Fresno, Calif., but Yang couldn't find a job and gang activity in their neighborhood forced them to look elsewhere. Life after moving from California The couple moved to Charlotte about 11 years ago. There they had their first child, Lilly. Though life was better in Charlotte, the family still didn't have a permanent home. They moved to York and back to Charlotte again. When they bought a home near Clover about six years ago, Yang said it was the place his wife called "our home." The family's second child arrived after the move. Yang worked hard at different jobs, wherever he could find work. For years, he dreamed of being an auto mechanic, but that work required school and school required money. With a family to support, Yang couldn't afford the education. "You got to do what you got to do first, you know," Yang said. The price of an education, however, was small compared to his family's security. In fact, the reason Yang moved to Bowling Green was "so we could live a good life and grow old and raise our kids," he said. That life ended soon after he awoke to the "smell of fire" early Wednesday. Yang yelled to his family to get up. When he looked in the living room, it was a giant blaze. Saving one daughter: In the thick smoke, the only person Yang could see was Amy. He grabbed her and carried her to the back porch. Wearing only his boxers, he tried to go back in the house, but it was too hot. Somehow Yang was able to find a sweater, which gave him partial cover as he went back in. Again, though, the smoke was too thick, and he could feel his body burning. Neighbors called 911 just after midnight. Volunteers from four fire departments in North and South Carolina fought the blaze, but it was too late. Emergency officials tried to treat Yang's burns, but "that was the last thing on my mind," Yang said. What was on his mind and what he can't stop thinking about are a fun-loving wife who loved to laugh with him, two daughters that he would have given his life for and an 8-year-old little girl that he doesn't want to raise alone. "Too much memories," he said. "Too much pain." 
 
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 Parents:
  Teur Her Yang (1975 - 2005)
 
 Sibling:
  Lilly Yang (1994 - 2005)*
  Annabelle Yang (2000 - 2005)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Beatties Ford Memorial Gardens
Charlotte
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
 
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Record added: Sep 02, 2005
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Annabelle Yang
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