Mom Who Went Viral After Dragging Son Out of Baltimore Protests Seeks Help After Fire Destroys Home

Toya Graham and her son, Michael
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Toya Graham, the Baltimore mother who went viral during the April 2015 Baltimore protests over the death of Freddie Gray when she was seen on video hitting her son and trying to pull him away from the unrest, says her family is homeless after an accidental fire over the weekend, WBFF reports.

According to the report, her son, 17-year-old Michael, was frying chicken tenders Saturday afternoon when the fire broke out.


"I had stepped away to the bathroom real quick," Michael told the news station. "When I got back, there was smoke and fire coming from the pan."

Michael was home alone at the time, according to the report, and said that he threw water on the grease fire, which made it even worse.


The teen called 911, and no one was hurt, but the family is still in a predicament.

"I'm not blaming Michael," Graham said. "But I'm angry."

According to WBFF, the single mom of six had no renters insurance.

"I'm tired of the struggle; I feel broken," she said. "You try to hold on because you try to do everything, you try to be strong for your children. You try, but this is a lot."


"I should have been more careful when I was cooking," Michael added. "Now it's like, 'What we're going to do now?’”

Several people have reached out to the family, asking how they can help. Graham set up a GoFundMe for donations, and as of Wednesday morning it had received $13,485, well over the $5,000 goal.


Read more at WBFF

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