Authorities try to determine how Leslie Jordan died as mourning fans flock to crash site
The two children who died in the crash are identified by family members as Michael Jordan and Melissa Jordan, with the children’s father, Larry, in tears at the funeral
The two Jordan children who died in the fiery crash near the family’s Atlanta home had flown with their father from California to attend the funeral of a childhood pal.
Melissa Jordan, three, and Michael Jordan, five, were found dead in their car after crashing while playing video games in their driveway on Sunday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Michael Jordan, five, seen here in this undated family photo, was a big basketball fan
A few hundred mourners who gathered on Tuesday in Atlanta for the funeral also paid respects to the NBA star, who is from nearby Atlanta and grew up in the nearby town.
The Jordan family confirmed in a statement that a funeral service for the children was held in an Atlanta Methodist church on Tuesday – despite reports earlier on Monday that the Jordan family had chosen a funeral home in Atlanta, where the two children had been buried.
The Jordan family has yet to confirm the details of the crash, which killed Michael Jordan and his seven-year-old son and five-year-old daughter, Michael and Melissa Jordan.
Police have not released any details about the crash or the children’s condition.
The crash happened as the Jordan family were preparing for a video game tournament this weekend at a home they own in the Atlanta suburb of Mableton.
The two children who died in the crash were:
Michael Jordan, five, and Melissa Jordan, three, had flown with their father from California to attend the funeral of a childhood pal.
Larry Jordan, Michael’s father, told The AP: ‘I had never seen him so sad. This was a huge loss. He loved them dearly. He was the best dad to them. I’ve never met any parent who loved their children more than he did. He is truly a hero.’
A funeral service for the children was held on Tuesday in an Atlanta Methodist church – as the newspaper reported earlier on Monday that the Jordan family had chosen a funeral home in Atlanta, where the two children had been buried.
A church spokesman acknowledged that no formal announcement was made, but said: ‘Our church is no stranger to tragedy.’