One by one, they added to the growing memorial.
A little girl lay down a bouquet of flowers. A family brought balloons.
About 50 people gathered Sunday night at Carson Elementary School in Puyallup for a vigil to remember Charlie and Braden Powell, where Charlie was in first grade.
They told stories about the boys, shed tears and hugged. A pastor led the group in a prayer and a hymn.
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“In difficult times it helps to come together,” said the pastor, Jesse Lowery, of Puyallup Foursquare Church.
Kristi Murray brought her children. Her daughter Brooklyn, 6, was in Charlie’s class at Carson. The two were good friends.
Brooklyn was sad and didn’t feel like talking to a reporter about her classmate. But her mom described Charlie as a sweet boy who liked school.
Murray said she struggled to explain what happened to the Powell boys to her children.
“It makes you hug your kids closer,” she said.
Sara Schilling: 253-552-7058