Mother devastated after son dies in tragic fire - WSMV Channel 4

Mother devastated after son dies in tragic fire

Posted: Updated: Dec 26, 2011 08:32 PM

It's a story that's hard to forget. Just days before Christmas, a fire took the life of a 6-year-old boy in East Nashville.

His mother was standing in line to get toys for him when the house went up in flames.

LaTorya Ussery didn't feel much like doing an interview as she sat at her mother's kitchen table while making last minute funeral arrangements Monday.

She said she is angry and feeling a lot of emotions after the terrible loss of her beloved son, Cortaviz Green.

"I more than loved my son," Ussery said. "I feel everyday without him, I'm lost and I'm angry. But I know God."

Last Wednesday morning, the house in the 500 block of South 10th Street went up in flames a little after 7 a.m.

The first-grader's mother had left the child with another adult while she stood in line at the Last Minute Toy Store. Firefighters say a couch that was too close to a wall heater erupted in flames with Cortaviz inside the house, alone.

Travis Wright has been charged with criminal homicide for leaving Cortaviz and going to work. Five days after he died and one day after Christmas, his mother grapples with feelings she says no one understands.

"My pride and my joy. He pushed me to go back to school. He started me on my way to doing better. And I don't know if I could ever, ever, ever. I'm just holding onto what I know about God," she said.

Cortaviz was in first-grade at Kirkpatrick Elementary School. His mother says the handsome 6-year-old with curly hair and brown eyes loved animals and was hoping for a cat someday.

That day will never come, but as his mother prepares to bury her child, she's hoping to see him one day.

"He beat me. But I'm coming to him. My son, my baby," she said.

A visitation for Cortaviz Green will be Friday at Scales Funeral Home on Jefferson Street, and his funeral will follow at Greater Grace Church, 901 Dalebrook Lane.

He has a 4-year-old younger brother.

A day after the fire, Metro Police charged Travis Wright with criminal homicide. They say he admitted leaving the 6-year-old alone and is jailed in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

Donate to the family

Donations can be made at any Regions Bank to the Cortaviz Green Memorial Relief Fund.

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