The Puyallup City Council accepted a donation of roughly $45,000 Tuesday night to build a memorial in Woodbine Cemetery for Charlie and Braden Powell and other children who have died.
The funds were raised through donations to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County in the wake of the Powell boys’ tragic deaths.
Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, were killed by their father, Josh, in February when he struck them with a hatchet and blew up the house he rented in the Graham area. He also died in the explosion.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department bought gravesites alongside where the boys are buried in Woodbine to prevent Josh Powell from being buried next to them.
Donations came from around the world for that cause, and at $50,000, they were enough for the memorial.
The cemetery agreed to reserve the hillside where the boys are buried for children.
Crime Stoppers and the maternal grandparents of the boys agreed the memorial would be a bronze angel to watch over the hill.
It’s to be set on a granite base and have solar lighting.