Powell boys among children remembered at Angel of Hope statue

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 6, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 11:42 PM

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- The Angel of Hope statue is where people gathered Friday night. Paula Harmes was there with a bouquet of flowers in her hand.

"I wanted to be here because it is something that you need to remember," said Harmes.

Harmes and others were remembering the loss of children, like 8-year-old Alice Babson who died alongside her father, Dr. Tom Babson. Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said a house fire on Fox Island claimed their lives on Wednesday.

"He died trying to save her," said Sheriff Pastor. "What a heartbreak."

Heartbreak is something Chuck Cox knows well. His family used community donations to build the Angel of Hope statue at Woodbine Cemetery in Puyallup. It sits near the gravesite of his grandchildren, Charlie and Braden Powell.

The Powell boys were killed in February 2012 by their father, Josh Powell, who claimed his own life the same day. In addition to that loss, Cox is still searching for his daughter Susan.

"It has been four years and we still don't know where she is," said Cox.

Josh Powell was the last one who reportedly saw her four years ago today.

"We tried to do something to help other people," said Cox.

The Cox family plans to host gatherings every December 6th at the statue to remember all children who have passed away.

 

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