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Published: Thursday, Feb. 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, Utah

How about cremation? This would allow his family to keep his ashes at home. What this man did was pure evil and I certainly wouldn't him buried beside one of my loved ones.

Beaverton, OR

@ Rifleman - My thoughts exactly! Thank goodness people are still looking out for the best interest of the boys and their mother. This whole story has touched many, many lives. I'm sure there will be a good ripple effect from all of this.

one old man
Ogden, UT


Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

Thanks Crimestoppers. I hope for the Powell family that they can find some way to be able to find closure with a terrible situation that thier son and brother brought upon them. What part or role that Steven Powell played in this tragedy is yet to be determined...and so I have to be sympathetic to his wife and daughters... for it is they who once again will severly suffer the stigmatic damage of the consequences brought upon them in all of this.

Mesa, AZ

Bless you Terri Powell for doing the right thing. Your grief over the events wrought by your son are unimaginable to most of us. I felt you were slighted when Kirk did not mention your family as also suffering during his benediction at the boys funeral, but realize that you are carrying an incredible burden.

Salt Lake City, UT

The big question is.... Why it's family even think about something like that?

Brigham City, UT

In spite of his actions, he is still someones son and brother. You can still love someone, even when you don't love what they have done. Would anyone really think the original idea was any attempt by his family to be malicious? Obviously not since they have changed their minds. Lighten up a little and see the whole picture.


I actually feel sorry for the Powell family. What he did was despicable, and I can't imagine how he could even do what he did, but it breaks my heart that his family is paying for his crimes. I don't support what the man did. I've been praying for the Coxes and their grief. But I also pray for the Powells. I am glad they decided to move him to another cemetery, as putting him next to his murdered children would be so wrong. But I also pray that they'll find peace in their hearts with time.

gramma b
Orem, UT

His sister, Jennifer, is the only one who seemed to consistently have a conscience. His sister Alina was blaming others for the murder of his children. His mother was writing letters a few months ago, trying to get those innocent children back into his clutches. How could anyone with half a brain have believed his nonsense story about a midnight camping trip that just happened to coincide with his wife's disappearance? As long as there was that much of a cloud over him, anyone with a conscience would not have tried to get the children into his clutches. Especiallly his mother, who knew about his previous suicide attempt, whom he had threatened with a knife, and who knew how unbalanced he was.

On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

@gramma b, when you're as close to a situation as the Powells are to this one, it's hard to be objective. These people have suffered a lot. Give them a bit of a break.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

It would be so hard to be in the Powell family. They have to all have emotional issues stemming from being in a home with Steven Powell. I can't imagine what it would be like to be Terri Powell. Mothers love their sons, and want to believe the best, even when it is nigh impossible. I'm with those who extend them sympathy, despite the horrid things the two messed up men have done.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: On the other hand | 12:58 p.m. Feb. 16, 2012
"Give them a bit of a break."

It is beyond insensitive to want to bury a cold blooded killer next to the children whose lives he took. Perhaps his family should give a bit of a break to the family of these boy's mother.

oakley, idaho

What a horrible situation for the family of Josh Powell. Can you imagine how terrible it would be to wonder every day what you could have done to prevent what happened? Not feeling any sympathy for Steven Powell but his exwife and children have suffered a great deal, I am sure. Their lives are changed forever. Josh and the kids, and probably Susan, have gone on to whatever rewards they have earned in this life but the rest of the family is still here to try to put together the pieces of their lives. Hopefully we can respect them and understand the difficulties they are undergoing and will always undergo because of what Josh did. Let's not blame them or condemn them for something they did not do.

sandy, ut

I don't see how the Powells thought that anybody would want to be buried next the the murderer who killed them. How on earth could they have even considered that? Anybody else want to be buried next to the person who killed you? I didn't think so.

thoughtful observer
Reno, NV

I'm relieved to hear Josh will be buried elsewhere. My heart goes out to Terrica Powell. I can't imagine the depth of her sorrow to know that her grandsons were brutally murdered. By her son. As a mother myself, I cannot imagine anything worse. I'm sure she is in her own personal hell. Thank you for honoring your grandsons' final resting places as well as the Coxes' and the public's wishes. I hope you can eventually find peace over what has happened.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

At least he did not claim to be going to medical school. He was one of the most wicked individuals I have seen and I think his father can take most of the credit for that.

Mchenry, IL

It's necessary to bury the dead. He is dead. Who cares if he is 25 feet away. Next to would be tacky but 25 feet away isn't next to. I do not see why he needs an entirely different cemetery. He will be buried next to somebody.

Kissimmee, FL

@ K

How would you feel if someone murdered a family member and then was buried next to them like nothing ever happened?

Clearfield, UT

To MrsB1971 | 8:28 a.m.

One thing -- as K said, the grave sites were not "next to" each other. There was a significant separation between them.

North Salt Lake, UT

RE: ke7ejx

How can you feel sorry for a family that there loved one killed there two boys and then kill himself when he wasn't all there. I am glad that he isn't going to be buried next to the boys. I wish people would understand that this man was very sick and needed the help but wasn't willing to get the help and admit to what he did to his wife.

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