Triumph from tragedy: Luzerne County mother commemorates the loss of her three sons

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A mother from Luzerne County, whose three young sons were killed in an arson in 2017, is writing a book about the tragedy. Her mission is to bring awareness to domestic violence and its often deadly consequences.

Susan Major says the deaths of her sons was the result of a volatile relationship with the man who was convicted in the arson homicides. She hopes her story can possibly prevent tragedies for other families in the future.

“My sons were everything to me. They were my life. They were my heartbeat,” Major told Eyewitness News.

Susan Major held back tears as she talked about her three sons, 16-year-old Erik Dupre, 12-year-old Devon Major and 7-year-old Ezekiel Major. All three died from injuries suffered in a fire at their Laflin home in October of 2017.

Preston Bonnet was convicted in the arson homicides and is now serving a life in prison. Major says her relationship with Bonnet was very short but very volatile. She tried to break off that relationship, but that she says only escalated the situation.

“People do move on, but I wake up everyday, you know, I have to live this. And I think if I can get my story out here and help other women, I really feel by my voice being heard it’s allowing me to heal,” Major said.

She said that she was afraid to speak out about her situation with Bonnet and believes other women may be in similar situations.

“My goal is to help other women who have experienced the same thing. To know that they no longer need to suffer in silence,” Major said.

She is writing her thoughts down in this little blue book which she hopes to publish for the world to read.

“The title of my book would be Burned Beyond Belief. It talks about my true life story and my journey though trauma, tragedy and travesty.”

Major says a portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to area agencies and groups that assist victims of crime.

She is also talking with several publishing companies and hopes to have the book out by sometime next year.

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