Arson attack victim reaches out

 

A new fund will help the victim of last week’s arson attack and violent assault to get back on her feet.

Sonia Cella and her daughter were both attacked in their home early on April 2. The Cellas, including Sonia’s daughter and son, all escaped the burning home. Sonia and her daughter were hospitalized after the attack.

Sonia’s estranged husband Andre Richard has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and numerous other crimes and is being held in custody at present, awaiting his next court appearance in May.

Family member Loretta Cella issued a statement asking for privacy as they heal from the traumatic event.

“As you can imagine, our family is going through a tremendous ordeal at the moment,” Loretta wrote. “We deeply appreciate all those who have reached out and offered their support. We would also like to thank all the emergency services including police, fire department, ambulance, victim services, the Langley Quilters Guild and the Royal Columbian Hospital staff for their unbelievable teamwork to create the safest possible situation over the last four days.”

A family friend has set up a special fund to aid the Cella family, now burned out of their home.

The Cella Family Trust Fund at the Langley CIBC branch 720 will be open for 30 days. The account number is 46-86632. Cash or cheques can be brought in person, or mailed. Cheques need to be made out to the Cella Family Trust. 

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