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Binghamton Family Remembers Son Who Died in Arson Fire

By Emily Girsch.
The family of a 17-year-old boy who was killed in a house fire five years ago today held a vigil for him on the anniversary of the tragedy.

Friends and neighbors gathered at 20 Milford Street in Binghamton where there used to be a home with a happy family living in it.

On March 17, 2011, that home caught on fire.

Maureen Aissa and all of her children escaped, except for Jeffrey.

"He was a little child who came from a Russian orphanage with his twin," said Aissa.

"He had a great smile, a great personality, a great sense of humor. He loved his family, he loved nature, he loved everything about life."

Police have labeled the fire as an act of arson, a criminal case that remains unsolved.

Maureen is calling on the public to come before police if they have any leads on the case, no matter how small.

"This is a crime of such magnitude in my opinion," she said.

"This person shouldn't be out on the street. Whatever reason they did it to us, God Forbid they should do it again."

Jeffrey is survived by his twin brother, Jacob, also an adopted boy from Russia, and his sisters Arianna, Kara, and his younger brother Luke.

Aissa says that the pain of losing a child doesn't subside with time.

"You just don't get it out of your mind or your heart," she said.

"It just stays forever and ever. It's a scar that will never heal."

The Aissa Family has offered a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime. The Binghamton Police has agreed to match that reward bringing the total reward to $2,000.

The investigation is still open and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Binghamton Police detectives at 607-772-7080.