Josh Powell with sons Charlie and Braden
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02/15/2012 AT 09:20 PM EST
A Washington state sheriff and his sergeant purchased burial plots to prevent Josh Powell's family from having him buried next to his two sons.
"The bottom line is, Josh Powell will not be near those two boys," Pierce County Sheriff's Sgt. Ed Troyer said in an interview with Seattle radio's Ron and Don Show
Powell's remaining relatives wanted him buried near sons Charlie and Braden, who died when Powell blew up
his home on Feb. 5, according to MSNBC.
Troyer, who used his personal money to buy the burial plots with Sheriff Paul Pastor, then Tweeted
, "Crime Stoppers just purchased the cemetery plots next to the Powell boys. We own the plots on both sides of the single grave the boys are in."
Powell's relatives had visited the Woodbine Cemetery and selected a plot about 25 feet from where the boys were laid to rest, City Manager Ralph Dannenberg told the Associated Pres.
Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5 – the sons of Josh and missing wife Susan – were celebrated in a memorial service
in front of more than 1,500 people on Saturday.
"For [Josh] to be buried near those kids is just unthinkable," Anne Bremmer, the lawyer of Susan's parents Charles and Judy Cox, told the Associated Press
. "For god's sake, for them to lose Susan first, and then the boys, and now this? Just give these people a break."