Mom, 2 sons drown following crash along Mississippi River

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Investigators in Memphis are working to determine if a mother’s mental illness contributed to the death of her and her sons.  

Aisha Fair and her two sons, Charvon Lofton and Jattire Junior, ages 7 and 2, drowned in the Mississippi River on Friday. 

Days before it happened, Fair started a GoFundMe account, saying she suffered from Schizoaffective disorder.  

Fair’s mother said no matter how bad things were for Fair, she never would have harmed her children.  

“She is a beautiful person and she don’t play with her kids,” said Cathryn Fair, Aisha Fair’s mother.  “Aisha was a wonderful mother, she was the kind of mother…she prepped her food for her kids.”

Investigators said Fair and her two little boys were driving over the river when they were hit by a truck.  

“She left the scene and that she left off of the roadway in the grassy area there around that service road and the Big River walkway,” said Chief Investigator Todd Grooms with the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department. 

“If somebody hit Aisha, where is they, where is the truck, where is the 18-wheeler who was it,” her mother stressed.

Investigators say a woman who was walking her dog located Fair’s body and called police.  Her jeep was submerged in the Mississippi River. 

Fair was preparing to marry her fiancé next month. She worked for Kroger for three years and Independent Bank in Downtown Memphis.  According to her mother, she took a leave of absence to deal with her mental illness, but she would never take her life or her kids.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine what caused their deaths.  

The family has set up a Go Fund Me page to help with funeral expenses.  Click here if you would like to donate.

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