Family and friends of Tracy Ader and her two sons gathered together Sunday afternoon at the Turning Point Open Bible church to remember and honor their lives at a memorial service.
While their murders are still shocking, the family says the outpouring of support from the Spokane community has helped them through this difficult time.
"There is no way I can put words to it, other than just thank you all so much for just such a great outpouring of support and prayers," Tracy's stepfather Steve Ponsness said.
Tracy and her sons, 10-year-old Damien and 8-year-old Kadin, were murdered on February 10th. All three were found strangled in the basement of their home on Whitehouse and Heroy. Their killer, 22-year-old Dustin Gilman, shot himself in a secluded, forested area of North Spokane overlooking the Little Spokane River.
Police have yet to find a motive for the killings, but Gilman lived in the basement of Tracy's home. She had agreed to house him so he could get his life back on track.
At Sunday's memorial, family said Damien will be remembered for being wise beyond his years and someone who was very focused. His brother, 8-year-old Kadin, will be remembered for loving to make people laugh and smile
Tracy, whose father said her sons were her world, has one thing in particular that everyone said they would miss.
"Everybody will remember her that same way and that's that smile and she was spunky and fun and no matter what was going on she made the best of the situation," Tracy's best friend Crystal Bettencourt said.
While tears and hugs filled the church Sunday, the family knows Tracy's special smile will always be watching over them.
"They are waiting for us and they watch over us; god picks his angels carefully and he picked amazing ones this time," Bettencourt said.
The family says this is not a 'good-bye,' It's a 'see you soon.'
"Tracy and the boys are going to turn around and when they look up I will be right behind them I know that for a fact," Ponsness said.