Family, Teachers Remember Powell Boys

Charlie, Braden remembered by people of all faiths
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 11, 2012 3:30 PM CST
Family, Teachers Remember Powell Boys
The casket bearing Charlie and Braden Powell is removed following a funeral service for the boys, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in Tacoma, Wash.   (Ted S. Warren)

The family of missing Utah woman Susan Powell thanked police, social workers, teachers, and everyone who cared about her two sons at a funeral today for the boys who were killed by their father in a gas-fueled blaze. The boys' grandfather Chuck Cox also thanked people of all faiths who had prayed for 7-year-old Charlie and 5-year-old Braden after they died. It "helps us to know that there are good people in the world—good people who fight against evil," Cox said.

The boys' father, Josh Powell, was in the middle of a custody battle with Cox when he torched his rental home in Graham last Sunday, killing himself and the two boys. Prosecutors consider the fire an admission that he killed his missing wife. More than 1,000 people attended today's public funeral at Life Center Church in Tacoma, Wash. Many of those attending wore purple and blue ribbons in memory of Charlie and Braden. "He is safe in his mother's arms," said Tammy Ougheon, Charlie's kindergarten teacher in Utah. (Read more Susan Powell stories.)

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