Crime

Cops Buy Cemetery Plots, Block Josh Powell from Sons

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Two police officers have taken steps to make sure Josh Powell will not be buried next to the children he murdered -- they bought the cemetery plots surrounding the boys.

MSNBC reports that Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor and Sgt. Ed Troyer used their own money as well as funds from the Crimestopper program to buy the plots next to the boys at a Washington State cemetery.

"The bottom line is, Josh Powell will not be near those two boys," Troyer said during a radio interview.

"It's disgusting that a murder suspect would be buried next to his victims," Pastor said in a statement posted on Twitter.

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Powell blew up his house earlier this month, killing himself and his two young sons. He was a "person of interest" in the 2009 disappearance of his wife Susan.

Powell's family still wants to bury him in the same cemetery as the boys, about 25 feet away. But Susan Powell's parents are trying to block that, so Powell's burial is on hold.

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