On Sunday, February 5, 2012, 7-year-old Charlie Powell and 5-year-old Braden Powell were brutally murdered by their father. This horrific event follows the unexplained disappearance of the boys’ mother, Susan Cox Powell, on December 6, 2009, and two years of increasing indications of a family in distress. The loss of these precious, innocent brothers with strong Utah ties provides a stark and chilling reminder nationwide that we must do more to protect our children. In support of our mission of Strengthening Families and Protecting Children, the Child & Family Support Center of Cache County, Inc. (CFSC) asks you to stand with us in solemn memory of the Powell boys and other victims of child abuse at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2012, during a community vigil at the Cache County Courthouse (199 N Main, Logan). Demonstrating the united efforts of the CFSC with local law enforcement, Esterlee A. Molyneux, Executive Director of the Child & Family Support Center, will be joined at the podium on Friday with G. Lynn Nelson, Cache County Sheriff, for a short presentation. They will be followed by a community release of helium balloons, each tied with a note indicating that the citizens of Cache County mourn the loss of the Powell children and care about the welfare and safety of all children. Participants will also be invited to sign a card expressing sympathy to Susan Powell’s loved ones. Community members are asked to bring their own helium-filled balloons. Notecards will be provided.For 30 years, the Logan-based Child & Family Support Center has worked diligently to protect children from all forms of abuse, neglect and victimization. In the wake of the devastating Powell tragedy, the CFSC is hosting this vigil in honor of the Powell children as an opportunity for the members of our community to come together to take a stand against child abuse. As this heartbreaking story continues to unfold, it serves as a tragic example of why Strengthening Families and Protecting Children is so important. Throughout our homes, neighborhoods and surrounding communities, we invite the media, parents, teachers, civic leaders and families to make every effort possible to safeguard our children from harm. While the occasion that brings us together is somber beyond measure, we appreciate the opportunity to stand together against child abuse.
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