Boy, 5, killed in fire while alone at home Principal recalls Erik Sturgis as 'fun-loving, typical kindergartner' A 5-year-old boy died in a fire at his Sayreville home Saturday after his father went to work and left him home alone. [font=Arial,sans-serif][size=-1]His mother, Christina, was murdered in 2001. [/size][/font]The boy's short life was marked by tragedy early on. His mother, Christina, was killed in a murder-suicide in Mansfield, Warren County, in 2001, just months after she and Kevin divorced, according to the Star Ledger. Her boyfriend, James Hoehman, reportedly shot Christina, who was 22, and then killed himself.