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  • 'She'll Be Missed So Much'

    1 posts, 1 voices, 453 views, started Jan 27, 2009

    Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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      ‘She’ll Be Missed So Much’

      By Keith Eldridge
      SEATTLE - A 13-year-old is now charged with the premeditated murder of his grandmother. But, Louise Frazier’s family warns: don’t be too quick to judge the boy.
      Today there was a street-corner vigil in Seattle where there is so much pain. They gathered just a block from the murder scene.

      They held vigil to mourn Louise’s death. Police say she was stabbed by her grandson.

      “Sometimes it’s hard to give thanks when we are hurting, but I want you to pray for the grandson... In your hands we place Louise, we place the grandson,” they prayed.

      Louise raised the teen when her daughter could no longer do it. Police say the 13-year-old killed her during an argument over homework.

      But her family warns against making snap judgments about him.

      “And I tell you this, if Louise was standing here beside me now she would be absolutely furious that he is being portrayed in that manner,” said Louise’s sister, Annette Grace. “He is our family, we love him.”

      The gathering was quickly put together by neighbors and family and friends of Louise, and also by people who didn’t even know her, brought together by the common concern they have of grandparents taking care of grandkids.

      Louise was one of 35,000 grandparents in this state who raise their grandkids. There is help in the form of grandparent support groups.

      “We wanted to let everybody know that there is help, but you have to really allow us to help you,” said grandparent Helen Sawyer of Kinship Support Group of the Southeast Youth and Family Services.

      Grace added, “It’s a wonderful thing to see organizations like this particular one that allows parents and grandparents to reach out collectively as a group and just bond together and come together for strength because they do need that.”

      The family hopes other grandparents will seek help if they need it and maybe that’s the good thing that will come from Louise’s death.

      “Just a loving gorgeous human being,” Grace said of her sister. “She’ll be missed so much.”

      The funeral is set for Monday at 11 a.m. at New Covenant Christian Center at 7930 Rainier Ave. S. in Seattle.

      In the meantime, the King County Prosecutor is keeping open the possibility of having the grandson tried as an adult. The boy returns to juvenile court Friday morning.

      For More Information:

      If you need help, here are some local resources you can use:

      Kinship Support Group, Southeast Youth and Family Services: 206- 721-5542, ext. 45
      Grandparents Re-Parenting, Casey Family Programs: 206-731-2557
      Grandparents Support Group, Rainier Beach Family Center: 206-723-1301
      Grandparents as Parents, Rainier Community Center: 206-595-9047
      Relatives as Parents, Kent Family Center: 206-371-6642

      Or www.grandsplace.com.



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