Merrof Ekary had rescued his cat from the city's streets when it was only a few days old, he told BuzzFeed News through a translator, local freelance journalist Jack Shahine, who is also Ekary's neighbor.
The boys had asked to stay the night because they didn't want their grandmother to be alone on Christmas. News of the tragedy soon traveled to Michael Emmons, a family friend who is studying preservation
Sage will read all of the essays and narrow the list to 20 finalists before turning them over to two unnamed judges, who will select the winner. Entries are to be postmarked by May 7, and must arrive the
"One of the kids stepped up and said, 'Don't mess with her,'" Brandon Morris, the boys' seventh-grade coach the year before, told Kenosha News. "Then all of the guys got together to show her support."