Kilgore Victim’s Mom Speaks Out
The family of a young woman who died from burns suffered in an industrial accident speaks out about her year-long battle. Erika Jarret, 27, made numerous trips back and forth from the hospital and rehab; since the Sept. 2010 Kilgore flash fire that injured her and 5 other workers. 80 percent of Erika’s body was covered in burns, but her mother says her physical appearance never bothered Erika. “She still wanted to be dressed up, and she didn’t let it bother her,” says Connie Perry, Erika’s mother. Erika’s spirit was obviously what made her so popular, relatives say she was the go-to girl, and knew how to do everything. “She was just silly, she liked to dance and she did nails and hair and she was always doing something, I mean she was dedicated to her job, she’d been working since she had her first job,” Perry says. Erika married her long-time love a few months ago, who will continue to care for their 3 children, ages 11, 7, and 4. “She loved them, she was there for them, she was a mama, she was a mother ya know? She was everything, everything you can ask for, there won’t be anybody else like her,” says Erika’s husband, Montrell Morgan.