Memorial held for Edgewood man killed in front of wife, sons



Posted on May 8, 2010 at 5:19 PM

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Hundreds gathered on Saturday to remember Jim Sanders, the father of two killed last week in front of his wife and two sons.

It was an emotional sight for his father. "I saw his truck and the love people had for him and you know it's just great, it's just great," said James Sanders.

Sanders' co-workers from Pilchuck Construction led a procession of trucks to the ceremony, with Jim's rig leading the pack.

His brother Derek wore his jacket and hard hat, while holding his children close.

Inside of the packed church, there were stories of Jim's devotion to his family. They say a true example of that is what happened last week, when police say four people walked into the sander's home pretending they wanted to buy a ring they saw on Craigslist.

Jim, while trying to protect his family, was shot and killed in front of them.

"There is no way I could stand here right now if there wasn't a God, if there wasn't Jesus, I'd be in a hospital, because I loved Jim so much," said Jim's wife Charlene.

The crowd wiped tears away as Jim's oldest son walked up to the podium.

"I will become the man that my dad would have wanted me to be," he said.

"I want you to know that Jim's work here is not done, Jim might be gone I want you to know that Jim's death will reach millions," said Derek.

The Sanders' say faith is what is holding them together.

"I deeply love and miss you Jimmy and I always will, until we meet again in God's glory, I love you Jimmy," said Derek.

The family says despite everything, through their faith they have forgiven the people who killed Jim.