Father of Slain Tampa Teens: 'Don't Forget How They Lived'

02/03/2011 at 09:45 AM EST



Hundreds of mourners packed into the First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace, Fla., Wednesday night to say goodbye to Calyx and Beau Schenecker, the two teens allegedly shot by their mother for being "mouthy."

As a video montage of family photos aired on a big screen – accompanied by Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" – Parker Schenecker, father to Calyx, 16, and Beau, 13, wiped away tears.

Near the end of the service, an emotional Schenecker spoke for the first time since the shooting.





"I can't thank you enough for today's moving, loving memorial for my exceptional children, and for your tributes through the past few days," he said. "Whether you lit a candle, laid a flower, or signed a soccer jersey, you honored my children. The family and I are humbled by your support, grace and overwhelming love for Calyx and Beau. They love you, too. Please don't forget how they lived."

One thing noticeably missing: any reference to the teens' mother, Julie Schenecker. She has been jailed without bond on two counts of first degree murder.

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