Police say 'revenge' was motive for Kankakee fire that killed 2 boys

A 61-year-old man is in custody after investigators say a fire that killed two young boys in Kankakee April 13 was an act of revenge.

Alex Sawyer was charged with two counts of murder and four counts of aggravated arson.

The fire injured eight people, including three firefighters.

Friends and family gathered at Byrd Park Friday to remember 2-year-old Ju'shaun Watson and 4-year-old Justice Stewart.

The boys were asleep when their apartment caught fire. They suffered smoke inhalation and were airlifted to hospitals in Chicago, where they later died.

Authorities did not elaborate on the motive.

Justice Stewart, 4, and Ju'shaun Watsons, 2


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