The Outer Banks community is mourning the loss of a mother and son killed in a fire early Sunday morning in Kill Devil Hills.
Firefighters were called to the 200 block of Pine Grove Trail at 4:25 a.m. and arrived to find the converted apartment building engulfed in flames.
Neighbors said two of the families in the three-unit building got out safely, but Ravann Rachell’e and her 9-year-old son Sebi did not.
“They were two beautiful people, I’ll tell you that,” said Mary Kennon, who lives directly across the street. Kennon said her grandson was good friends with Sebi, and that the two had lived in the apartment for years.
Ravann was a well known music promoter on the Outer Banks and her son attended Nags Head Elementary School.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help Ravann’s mother, Kelley Grider, with funeral and other expenses.
“Kelley Grider suffered a stroke earlier this year, and now the devastating loss of the two people she loved the most, her daughter Ravann and grandson Sebi,” Kill Devil Hills Mayor Ben Sproul said in a Facebook post Sunday. “Please share and support the GoFundMe … to help Kelley with expenses related to the funerals.”
“No words for the sudden loss of two vibrant, kind, inseparable beings,” said OBX Cares, a nonprofit hosting an annual Earth Day event at Outer Banks Brewing Station, where Ravann did most of her work. “Ravann and Sebi were a part of the Soul of our Beach.”
On the GoFundMe page, Sara Evans described Ravann as a giving and thoughtful person, whose self-proclaimed language and religion was love.
Her son Sebi, Evans said, was a lover of all animals and creatures.
“Brilliantly smart, a clever sense of humor, and a beaming smile,” she wrote. “His love of music he shared with his mother, Ravann, a caring, beautiful woman.”
The cause of the fire remained under investigation Sunday afternoon.