UPDATE, Feb. 16, 8:41 a.m.
The Associated Press is reporting that the family of Josh Powell is backing off burying him in the same Puyallup cemetery as the two boys, according to KING 5.
CrimeStoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County has purchased the two cemetery plots next to Charlie and Braden Powell, who died Feb. 5 when their father attacked them with a hatchet then burned down his house during a supervised visit.
After news that Josh Powell’s relatives wanted him buried in the same Puyallup cemetery where his two sons are now buried, the agency stepped forward Wednesday to purchase the two surrounding plots. It's now asking the public for help.
Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, were killed by their father as they arrived for a supervised visit with him at his Graham home. Powell was a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife, Susan Powell, in Utah.
"It's disgusting that a murder suspect would be buried next to his victims," Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said via Twitter.
The agency – located in University Place - is now accepting donations to help turn the plots surrounding Charlie and Braden into a memorial.
If you’d like to donate, send a check or cash donation to:
Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County
6824 19th St. W. #139
University Place, WA 98466