Consuewella Dotson Africa, a longtime member of the black organization MOVE and the mother of two children killed in the 1985 bombing of the group’s home in Philadelphia, died at the age of 67.
He died Wednesday in a hospital. A member of the MOVE family, Janine Africa, said Consuewella Africa had tested positive for the coronavirus when she went to the hospital earlier in the month, but had made a large recovery when doctors said last week that she was not getting enough oxygen. .
“Despite the stress with everything that was happening, her body just couldn’t fight to get the air into her lungs because she was too exhausted and devastated by stress,” Janine Africa told The Associated Press. “So that’s what made her die.”
Africa’s death follows painful revelations in recent months about the treatment of the remains of her two daughters who died in the police bombing of the organization’s home, where 11 members, including five children, were killed and more than 60 homes were burned to the ground.
His daughters, 14-year-old Katricia “Tree” and 12-year-old Zanetta “Netta”, were killed in the bombing while Consuewella Africa was in prison serving a 16-year sentence for simple assault related to the city’s 1978 attempt to evict the group during which a policeman died.
In April, MOVE learned that the city’s medical examiner had turned over remains to an anthropology professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University, believed to be one of Consuewella’s children, and that he had used the remains to teach lessons without the permission or knowledge of family members.
In May, the city notified the group that partial human remains After the bombing, they had been cremated and disposed of without notifying their families. A day later, following the resignation of the city’s top health official, the city were invested, saying the remains had been located.
Janine Africa said having to revisit the murder of her children and the group’s target affected Consuewella.
“Again, another death at the hands of the city of Philadelphia because they just took everything he had here,” Janine Africa said. “Because he was reliving 1985 all over again, thinking about children over and over again and it really broke his heart.”
In May, members of the organization commemorated the 36th anniversary of the bombing in West Philadelphia that destroyed a swath of the neighborhood and took their loved ones.
“She was there and full of life and fire and fighting, and there was no way we could see this coming,” Janine Africa said.
Consuewella Africa held the title of “Confrontation Minister” by MOVE, who identifies herself as both a family and an organization.
“She was a straightforward and serious person, but at the same time, she was always making people laugh, always upbeat, always making things work, attracting people, having a good time,” said Janine Africa.
Her biological brother, sister and husband were with her when she died and her surviving son joined by phone, Janine Africa said.
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MOVE wrote in a June 16 post on its website that Tree Africa’s remains were sent by the University of Pennsylvania to a funeral home where the organization can collect them.
“We look forward to bringing Tree and Consuewella together,” they wrote.