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She said reading note cards of love and support for Charlie and Braden that were tied to a fence surrounding the home where they lost their lives was therapeutic.

One of the notes, Hellewell wrote, stated "RIP you beautiful angels. You are now with your mommy again and forever."

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Another, in the scribbled handwriting of a child, simply stated: "I am sorry Braden and Charlie."

"That’s the image I want to take away with me when I leave this place, not remembering the boys in fear and sorrow, but remembering their sweet, beautiful smiles and their excitement and love for life. I believe Susan was waiting for them with her arms held wide. And for her, that reunion was the most joyous day," Hellewell wrote.

Others close to the boys are holding on to personal memories, many which include Susan Powell.

Darleen Barker Allen, a lifelong friend of Susan Powell , whose family lives a few houses away from the Coxes in Puyallup, said her friend seemed complete after bringing Charlie and Braden into the world.

When Allen thinks of Charlie and Braden, she thinks of Susan Powell carrying the boys on her hips as babies. When the boys’ maternal grandparents gained custody of them in recent months, the children would visit Allen’s house for play dates.

Two weeks ago the boys came over, Allen recalled, and began banging on a drum set while they played with her four kids, ages 5 to 13.

Nervous about the noise, the Powell boys’ grandmother, Judy Cox, asked Allen whether she should stop the "music."

"They need to have fun," Allen replied. " They were probably envisioning themselves as rockstars or something," she recalled.

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Now that the boy are gone, Allen clings to memories of her friend and the joy she found in motherhood.

"She was so excited to be a mother. Even though she wanted to do a great many things ... it was like she was complete when she was with those children," Allen said of Susan Powell.

"That kind love — it just came out of her."


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