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Washington community seeks answers in death of family

Cliff Despeaux / Reuters

People pray for the Powell family at a candlelight vigil outside Carson Elementary School in Puyallup, Wash. on Feb, 5 after a house explosion in Graham, Wash. killed Josh Powell and his sons, Charlie and Braden. Police reported that the explosion was intentional.

Associated Press & King 5

Friends, family, neighbors and police are all trying to come to grips with the deaths of two boys, killed in an explosion and fire that police say was intentionally set by their father.

Josh Powell and his sons, 7-year-old Charlie and 5-year-old Braden, died Sunday at Josh’s rental home in Graham, Wash. Josh was a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of his wife, Susan Cox Powell, in Utah.

Grief counselors were expected at Carson Elementary School in Puyallup Monday, where Charlie was enrolled. About 100 people gathered there Sunday night, leaving cards, flowers, gifts and candles. Some were there to bring comfort to others. Some were seeking comfort for themselves.

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Ted S. Warren / AP

Fire investigators take measurements as they work their way through charred rubble on Feb. 6 at the home where Josh Powell and his two sons were killed Sunday, in Graham, Wash. Josh Powell's wife Susan went mysteriously missing from their West Valley City, Utah, home in December 2009.