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Sport Omogbo leads Rams year after death of parents in house fire

18:35  23 december  2016
18:35  23 december  2016 Source:   ap.org

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Colorado State senior Emmanuel Omogbo 's right basketball shoe is a dedication to his parents , their names written in black marker with "RIP" It’s approaching a year since a house fire back in Maryland claimed the lives of his parents , Samson and Caroline, along with his sister’s 2- year -old twins, Anna

A day after losing his parents and two young relatives in a house fire , Emmanuel Omogbo played in Colorado State's win Wednesday. Fire officials in Maryland said Caroline and Samson Omogbo died at the scene in a blaze early Tuesday in Chillum. His sister's 2- year -old twins were taken to a hospital

In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, photo, a tribute written in marker is shown on the heel cap of the right shoe worn by Colorado State forward Emmanuel Omogbo during the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Denver. Omogbo has dedicated the heel cap on his right shoe to his parents' names, Samson and Caroline, and the heel cap of his left shoe to his sister's twins' names, Israel and Anna. The four died in a house fire in Maryland on Jan. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) © The Associated Press In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, photo, a tribute written in marker is shown on the heel cap of the right shoe worn by Colorado State forward Emmanuel Omogbo during the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Denver. Omogbo has dedicated the heel cap on his right shoe to his parents' names, Samson and Caroline, and the heel cap of his left shoe to his sister's twins' names, Israel and Anna. The four died in a house fire in Maryland on Jan. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado State senior Emmanuel Omogbo's right basketball shoe is a dedication to his parents, their names written in black marker with "RIP" alongside. The left one, a tribute to his niece and nephew.

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The 2- year -old twins of Emmanuel Omogbo 's sister also die after being pulled out of burning home. CSU basketball player Emmanuel Omogbo 's parents died early Tuesday morning in a house fire that also Emmanuel Omogbo , a junior on CSU men’s basketball team, practiced with the Rams (10-8

Omogbo gave the Rams an emotional lift in an 83-79 win over Air Force on Wednesday night, a day after losing his parents and two young relatives in a house Fire officials in Maryland said Caroline and Samson Omogbo died at the scene in a blaze early Tuesday in Chillum. His sister’s 2- year -old

On both, the date — "1-19-2016."

It's approaching a year since a house fire back in Maryland claimed the lives of his parents, Samson and Caroline, along with his sister's 2-year-old twins, Anna and Israel.

This season is for them — "my four little angels, protecting me at all times," he explained. It's also for his coach and teammates, too, who comforted him through his heartache. And for the fans, which raised more than $100,000 for expenses through a GoFundMe account.

The "Thank-You" season — that's what he's calling it. That's also why he didn't transfer back East to be closer to his four sisters and two brothers. He needed to be here, in Fort Collins.

"There's no way I could turn my back on this community, this team, even though they would've understood," said Omogbo, who was born in Nigeria and raised in Hyattsville, Maryland. "My dad always told me to be grateful at all times. So, this is my way of saying thanks — to the fans, for everybody who helped me out during my crisis."

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Grief-stricken Colorado State junior Emmanuel Omogbo , 20, was handed the game ball after Colorado State basketball player honored for winning game on the day after losing both parents and Omogbo 's sister's 2- year -old twins were taken to a hospital, where they died. Omogbo was on the

Emmanuel Omogbo 's parents die in fire in Maryland. The parents of Colorado State forward Emmanuel Omogbo and two young family members were killed in a house At a news conference, Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said 55- year -old Caroline Omogbo and 63- year -old

A phone call around 5 a.m. on Jan. 19, 2016, jarred him awake. He was told there was an accident involving his parents, the severity of which wasn't revealed.

Only later, when a friend called to express his condolences, did he hear the full story: A fire broke out in a Maryland rental home that killed his parents and the twins.

The rest of that day — the next few days, really — remain a complete haze. He went to the gym just to think. Then, to class before the coaching staff coaxed him to come with them.

He even suited up the next night at Air Force. But he can't recall a single moment from the game. He's never watched the game since.

"People have said, 'How were you able to play?'" said Omogbo, who scored one point in 10 heavy-hearted minutes that night. "All I can say is that it was really dark out there, and I couldn't see much. I didn't know what was going on."

Soon after the game, he left for home to plan the services with his family, accompanied by a Colorado State assistant coach. Later, he went back with coach Larry Eustachy's wife, Lana, for the memorial services (his mom and dad were buried in Lagos, Nigeria).

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The parents of Colorado State forward Emmanuel Omogbo died in a house fire in Maryland on Tuesday morning along with the 2- year -old twin children of his sister. Omogbo ’s sister, Elizabeth Omije, survived after jumping from a second-story window.

CSU basketball player Emmanuel Omogbo lost his parents in a house fire Tuesday. Colorado State basketball coach Larry Eustachy tearfully talked to reporters about Emmanuel Omogbo following the Rams ' 83-79 victory at Air Force on Wednesday.

To this day, Omogbo has no idea how the fire started. Omogbo doesn't want to know, either, because, "me knowing, it can't help the situation."

The investigation is still listed as "undetermined," but it did reveal the upstairs smoke alarm was not working, according to Mark Brady, the chief spokesman for Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department.

Omogbo's family is a tight-knit bunch and they've helped each other through the grief. He lived with his sisters last summer in Maryland, including Elizabeth, who lost her twins.

"It's now left up to us, to carry on their legacy," Omogbo said.

Going home last summer also meant traveling through a neighborhood so familiar with his family. The well-wishes were always appreciated — and tough, too.

"I didn't like to show my face much, because it's like, 'Oh, that's the son of Samson.' Or, 'His parents passed away,'" said Omogbo, whose background image on his phone is a picture of the twins. "Yeah, I want to be known as that, but I don't really want to be known as that. I want to be known as an inspiration guy, that when everything happened, he fought through it and he's living good and his family is OK now."

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Omogbo is obviously still coming to terms with what happened, but while doing so, he’s also receiving a ton of support, both from his school and from CSU student-athlete Emmanuel Omogbo suffered the tragic loss of his parents and 2- year -old niece and nephew the morning of January 19th in a house

On Jan. 19, Colorado State Rams junior forward Emmanuel Omogbo lost his parents as well as his sister’s 2- year -old twins in a deadly fire at their home in Maryland. The next day, Omogbo suited up for the team’s game against Air Force with a very heavy heart and received the game ball in a 83-79

A vow. That's what Eustachy made when Omogbo and his father were looking for a school after Omogbo attended South Plains College in Texas. The 6-foot-8 Omogbo was gifted, no doubt. He averaged 17 points and 10.1 rebounds at South Plains.

Eustachy assured his father he would develop Omogbo into a leader. He did, too, which was never more evident than when Omogbo provided a spark in a recent win over Arkansas-Fort Smith.

"I thought of his dad a lot in that moment. How his dad is watching him, so proud of him," said Eustachy, whose standout forward is averaging 12.3 points and 10.7 rebounds. "I promised his father I'd take care of him. It's a promise that isn't hard to keep. It's a promise you want to keep, because his parents were so special."

Growing up, Omogbo and his father watched plenty of basketball games together. More specifically, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant was his dad's favorite player, which made the video Bryant sent all the more sentimental.

"Kobe's like, 'Emmanuel, the whole city is behind you,'" said Omogbo, who's planning a journey to Lagos this summer to visit the site where his parents are buried. "That meant the world to me."

Just then, it hit Omogbo that nearly a year has passed since the tragedy.

"A year," he whispered. "Time is flying by. But the love I have for them, it will never fade away."

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After both of his parents died in a fire last week, the Rams guard is back with the team. Colorado State junior forward Emmanuel Omogbo is back at practice after a tragic fire caused the death of Omogbo , who is in his first season at CSU after two years at South Plains (Junior) College in Texas

Jade Philpott, 10, and her brothers Duwayne, 13, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six and Jayden, five, died following the fire in May last year . Mick Philpott, 56, is serving life for manslaughter of six of his children. Mairead was jailed for 17 years for manslaughter.

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