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Slain Idaho Boy Remembered on His Birthday

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS

The Associated Press

Sunday, July 17, 2005; 9:23 AM

POST FALLS, Idaho -- Hundreds of people carrying balloons gathered Saturday to remember Dylan Groene on what would have been his 10th birthday, with a pastor telling mourners: "God is throwing a better party for him than you could ever possibly imagine."

The boy's body was found in Montana within days of his 8-year-old sister Shasta's rescue earlier this month after the two were allegedly abducted by a convicted sex offender.

In this photo released by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department, Shasta Groene, 8, is shown on Monday, July 4, 2005, at the Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Groene remembers the smallest details about the night her family was murdered and the six weeks that prosecutors say she spent with a registered sex offender. According to court records, Shasta remembered the brand of the hammer used to kill her family, that some victims had their feet bound and that the killer wore dark gloves. Child witnesses are sometimes considered unreliable, but Shasta's detailed accounts as the sole survivor give prosecutors a powerful tool in their case against Duncan. (AP Photo/Kootenai County Sheriff Department) (AP)

Shasta was spotted at a restaurant with the man, who has since been charged with three counts of murder and kidnapping in the deaths of the children's 13-year-old brother, mother and her boyfriend. Their bodies were found in the family home.

All six charges can carry the death penalty. Federal prosecutors have said they will file charges against Joseph Edward Duncan III, 42, in the abduction of the children and Dylan's death.

Friends and family on Saturday remembered how Dylan loved video games and motorcycle riding with his dad. Lana Hamilton, principal of Fernan Elementary School in Coeur d'Alene, said he also was a fan of monster trucks and Hot Wheels toy cars.

"We love him and we'll miss him," Hamilton said.

Among those at the service was Amber Deahn, the Denny's waitress who recognized Shasta with Duncan and stalled her milkshake order until police could arrive.

"They have us as a family now, too," Deahn said of the Groenes. "This is like burying one of my own relatives."

More than 700 people filled a church for the ceremony.

Shasta, the sole survivor of the brutal crimes, did not appear to be at the memorial service but her rescue was noted by Pastor Jim Putman.

"I thank God for the miracle he gave us bringing Shasta back," Putman said during the hour-long service. "God has plans for that little girl."

In his only reference to Duncan, the pastor said: "God takes care of evil, and I can trust him to do it. When he punishes, he does it far better than I could ever do."

During the service, Putman called for changes in sex-offender laws to better protect children. Putman also read a note from the boy's father, Steve Groene, who thanked community members and law enforcement.

After the service, Steve Groene led mourners outside where he released the first of hundreds of red and blue balloons that floated up into the overcast sky.

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Frank Black: I have seen the future where the battle between good and evil that has raged for millennia is fought to conclusion and the struggle for our hearts and minds is decided for all time.

We survive...maybe. But only by discarding the question that confuses us--"What do I want" and asking what the world...what the universe wants and needs...asking "What does life itself expect of me?".

Jordan Black: Which side wins, Daddy?

Frank: That's what I'm saying...it's up to us.

Jordan: We're all shepherds.

Frank: Yes honey. Yes we are.

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The tragedy of this act will not be forgotten just like the life of young Dylan Groene himself. When innocence is taken away in such a wicked manner, the crime becomes more than a case file, it becomes the unrelentless battale of light and dark, good and evil.

On behalf of all of us a TIWWA and the rest of the world, we would like to offer our sincerest condolences.

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Slain Idaho Boy Remembered on His Birthday

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS

The Associated Press

Sunday, July 17, 2005; 9:23 AM

POST FALLS, Idaho -- Hundreds of people carrying balloons gathered Saturday to remember Dylan Groene on what would have been his 10th birthday, with a pastor telling mourners: "God is throwing a better party for him than you could ever possibly imagine."

The boy's body was found in Montana within days of his 8-year-old sister Shasta's rescue earlier this month after the two were allegedly abducted by a convicted sex offender.

In this photo released by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department, Shasta Groene, 8, is shown on Monday, July 4, 2005, at the Kootenai Medical Center in

Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Groene remembers the smallest details about the night her family was murdered and the six weeks that prosecutors say she spent with a registered sex offender. According to court records, Shasta remembered the brand of the hammer used to kill her family, that some victims had their feet bound and that the killer wore dark gloves. Child witnesses are sometimes considered unreliable, but Shasta's detailed accounts as the sole survivor give prosecutors a powerful tool in their case against Duncan. (AP Photo/Kootenai County Sheriff Department) (AP) 

Shasta was spotted at a restaurant with the man, who has since been charged with three counts of murder and kidnapping in the deaths of the children's 13-year-old brother, mother and her boyfriend. Their bodies were found in the family home.

All six charges can carry the death penalty. Federal prosecutors have said they will file charges against Joseph Edward Duncan III, 42, in the abduction of the children and Dylan's death.

Friends and family on Saturday remembered how Dylan loved video games and motorcycle riding with his dad. Lana Hamilton, principal of Fernan Elementary School in Coeur d'Alene, said he also was a fan of monster trucks and Hot Wheels toy cars.

"We love him and we'll miss him," Hamilton said.

Among those at the service was Amber Deahn, the Denny's waitress who recognized Shasta with Duncan and stalled her milkshake order until police could arrive.

"They have us as a family now, too," Deahn said of the Groenes. "This is like burying one of my own relatives."

More than 700 people filled a church for the ceremony.

Shasta, the sole survivor of the brutal crimes, did not appear to be at the memorial service but her rescue was noted by Pastor Jim Putman.

"I thank God for the miracle he gave us bringing Shasta back," Putman said during the hour-long service. "God has plans for that little girl."

In his only reference to Duncan, the pastor said: "God takes care of evil, and I can trust him to do it. When he punishes, he does it far better than I could ever do."

During the service, Putman called for changes in sex-offender laws to better protect children. Putman also read a note from the boy's father, Steve Groene, who thanked community members and law enforcement.

After the service, Steve Groene led mourners outside where he released the first of hundreds of red and blue balloons that floated up into the overcast sky.

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terrible, just terrible, i feel so bad for that little boys family, im so sorry that had to happen to him, no punishment is harsh enough for the sob that did that to that family.

"Have I run too far to get home?"

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