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Hundreds gather to mourn Powell brothers

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Chuck Cox, right, reaches out to touch the casket bearing his grandsons, Charlie Powell and Braden Powell, as he walks with his wife Judy Cox during a funeral service the two boys on Feb. 11, in Tacoma, Wash. The boys died Feb. 5, when their father, Josh Powell, set fire to the home he was living in while they were visiting. Powell had been a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of his wife Susan.

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A casket with the bodies of Charlie and Braden Powell, ages 7 and 5, is wheeled into Life Center Church in Tacoma, Wash., Feb. 11.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at a church Saturday to remember two young boys killed when their father burned their house to the ground with himself and his sons inside.

Sunday's murder-suicide arson, which claimed the lives of Josh Powell and his sons, Charles, 7, and Braden, 5, capped a grim family saga that began more than two years ago with the disappearance of the boys' mother, Susan Powell, under suspicious circumstances in Utah. -- By msnbc.com staff and news services

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Mourners hug before a memorial service for Charlie Powell, 7, and Braden Powell, 5, at the Life Center Church in Tacoma, Wash., Feb. 11. The family of missing Utah woman Susan Powell is holding a public funeral for her two sons, nearly a week after their father killed them in a gas-fueled blaze. Hundreds of people are attending the Saturday service. Many are wearing purple and blue ribbons in memory of 7-year-old Charlie and 5-year-old Braden. Family members and the boys' teachers are scheduled to speak. The boys' remains are in one coffin adorned with flowers. They were killed in a fire set by their father, Josh Powell, when they went to visit him Sunday at his home in Graham, Wash.