Tanji Dewberry believed in wearing multiple hats. Dewberry was not only a successful vice-president at a New York City investment firm, but also a single mother and children’s book author.
Dewberry was inspired to write her first book “Oh Fiddlesticks!” when her son, Evan, was diagnosed with ADHD in 2011. Her book aimed at teaching children how to manage negative emotions and overcome anger.
Sunday night tragedy struck the Dewberry’s home, when a fire broke out. Dewberry died while trying to save her 8-year-old son when the fire ravaged their New Jersey home, which took both their lives.
Evan’s father, Virgilio Soler, was distraught while speaking to news media.
“I just feel empty, he was the world to me,” Soler said. “I don’t know if it’s something I’ll ever be able to overcome.”
According to CBS, the fire broke out at around 11:30 p.m. on Berkely Avenue in Orange. A passerby who noticed the flames called 911 and banged on the door to try to alert anyone inside, but got no response, authorities said.
“When we arrived, we found the building was completely sealed up and the companies forced the front door in and went inside to attack the fire,” said Orange Fire Director Michael Down. “Unfortunately, they found two victims.”