FORT WORTH, Texas - The father of two teenagers slain in Tampa said they lived their lives with purpose and knew they were loved.
Army Col. Parker Schenecker and others who spoke Tuesday at a memorial service in Texas didn't mention the teens' mother, who's accused of killing them more than a week ago.
Sixteen-year-old Calyx was described as a gifted artist who excelled at track and cross country.
Thirteen-year-old Beau was described as a playful, energetic boy who was a caring friend.
Police have said Julie Powers Schenecker shot her children for being "mouthy." She is charged with first-degree murder but her arraignment has not yet been scheduled.
A private burial service was held at a cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas, the father's hometown, before the memorial service.
Their father said he will cope with his loss by establishing a memorial fund in his childrens' honor.
Parker Schenecker,said he is dedicating the rest of his life to honoring Calyx and Beau by establishing a fund that will be used to improve the lives of others.
The Calyx and Beau Schenecker Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, 550 North Reo Street, Suite 301, Tampa, FL 33609
You can also donate to the memorial fund by calling (813) 282-1975.
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