An angel of hope for murdered Powell boyson December 6, 2012 @ 1:02 pm (Updated: 2:05 pm - 12/6/12 )
The little boys lost their lives when their father, Josh Powell, blew up their Puyallup home on Feb. 5. Their mother, Susan Cox Powell, has been missing since Dec. 2009. She was last seen at their Utah home. Josh had been a person of interest in her disappearance.
When they heard there was a chance Josh might be buried next to his murdered sons, KIRO Radio's Ron and Don Show wanted to make sure that could never happen. They helped to raise more than $50,000 to buy the plots at Woodbine Cemetery surrounding Charlie and Braden and to build a special memorial for the boys.
"It's not just for Charlie and Braden," says Pierce County Detective Ed Troyer. "The people involved want this to be a place for all kids who are victims of fires, victims of car wrecks, and who might not be able to afford to be buried anywhere else."
The memorial stands about four-and-a-half feet tall and five feet wide, with the arms of an angel reaching upwards and wings outstretched.
"It's called the Angel of Hope from the book 'The Christmas Box,'" Troyer explains, "And every Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. people gather across the country for candlelight vigils at these angel statues."
The memorial has hundreds of bricks which will each represent a child whose life was taken too soon. Troyer says Charlie and Braden's mother, Susan, is also pictured. Although she has never been found, Troyer says he believes she is with her boys now in heaven.
The public dedication will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Woodbine Cemetery in Puyallup.
Buses to Blame
Buses get hundreds of cars off the roads, but what happens when they get in the way?
Time for Takeoff
Get to know the Blue Angels as they fly in for Seafair this afternoon
Inside Training Camp
See photos from the third day of Seahawks training camp in Renton
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.