Josh Powell's Family Wants Burial Near Slain Boys


Salon Staff
February 16, 2012 12:54AM (UTC)

SEATTLE (AP) — Josh Powell's surviving relatives want him buried at the same cemetery as the two sons he killed, the city manager in Puyallup said Wednesday.

Powell's relatives visited the public Woodbine Cemetery and selected a plot about 25 feet from the boys, City Manager Ralph Dannenberg told The Associated Press. They haven't paid for it yet, and any sale is being put on hold because the parents of Powell's missing wife have promised legal action.

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"We don't have any rules or procedures regarding refusing plots to anyone," Dannenberg said. "We're going to wait to see what the outcome is in court."

Powell was a suspect in Susan Powell's 2009 disappearance from their home in West Valley City, Utah. He attacked his sons with a hatchet and exploded his house, killing himself and the two boys on Feb. 5.

The boys were laid to rest at Woodbine on Saturday. Attorney Anne Bremner, who represents Susan Powell's parents, Charles and Judy Cox, says she will seek a temporary restraining order to block Josh Powell from being buried there.

"For him to be buried near those kids is just unthinkable," Bremner said. "For God's sake, for them to lose Susan first, and then the boys, and now this? Just give these people a break."

Powell's sister Alina did not return an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.


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