Friends, relatives remember Federal Way murder victim

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by LORI MATSUKAWA / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 24, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 24 at 8:04 PM

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - It's been one week since a man shot and killed his former wife inside a church in Federal Way. Tonight, dozens of people remembered Carol Parsons through song, prayer and candles.

Dozens of friends stood outside the Counseling Center doorway at Calvary Lutheran Church where the 38-year-old mother of three was murdered. Her former husband, 42-year old Charles Parsons, has admitted to shooting her.

The children are staying with Carol's mother, Roberta, who operates a childcare out of the same church building. A former childcare parent, Renee Miller, says they are heartbroken and want to support the extended family.

"We want to support Roberta so that she knows she still has a community of people  around her that will support her and her daughter's children and let them know that in the face of all this violence, there's still people out here who love them and make sure they are successful," said Miller.

The pastor led the group in a prayer for Carol, her family and for her accused killer, Charles. When asked if he could forgive Charles, Carol's brother, Howard Hales said, "I'm just not there yet, to tell you the truth. We're not at that point. I'm not sure he's at that point."

The public is welcome to a viewing at St. John the Baptist Church in Covington Friday. A memorial service will be held there Friday evening.

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