CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) – It has been a difficult week for friends of two siblings who died in Castle Rock and their families.On Thursday night some residents who attended a candlelight ceremony to remember Liam and Madigan Murphy said they are starting to feel some closure now that the initial shock of what happened is starting to wear off.
“I still just can’t imagine any thing like this happening,” parent Jackie Fast said at the vigil.
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Since their deaths, classmates of the two children, who were 9 and 6, have had to have difficult conversations with their parents. The two children both attended Rock Ridge Elementary School.
“The most difficult thing we had to do was have a discussion with our kids about why a mother would do that to her children,” Michelle Chisholm said.
The funerals for the two children were set to take place on Friday. Thursday’s vigil, which was held near the Murphy’s home at Founders Park, included prayers and poems from teachers of the children.
“(My daughter) knows that they’re in peace and that her family loves her and that’s all we can really do,” said Lisa Dunn, another parent.
Some parents told CBS4 the tragedy has been a reason to hug their children a little tighter.
“I gave all my kids a hug and a kiss and told them I loved them,” Dunn said. “You just take things for granted sometimes and it just makes you stop and think.”
A makeshift memorial with flowers and stuffed animals remains outside the Murphy’s house.
“It’s real tough for little girls and little minds to comprehend what has happened,” Chisholm said.
1st Bank of Castle Rock has set up a memorial fund for the children. Send any donations to them in care of the Liam and Madigan Murphy.