Elementary school, neighborhood suffer tragedy


by Ashley Korslien, Cole Heath & KREM.com


Posted on February 13, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 13 at 7:30 PM

SPOKANE—Grief counseling is being offered across North Spokane for anyone needing help dealing with the loss of Tracy Ader and her two sons.

Tracy and her boys Kaden and Damien were found dead in their home on Friday.

The brothers both attended Willard Elementary School in North Spokane.  Monday, crisis counselors met with students to help them cope with the shock and pain of losing two of their classmates.

Students wore ribbons today to honor their dead classmates.

School officials also called in extra security at the school to make the students feel more at ease.

Kaden and Damien were both part of the Cougar Chorale Music Group at Willard.  Teachers say Damien would come in early everyday to turn on all the computers in his classroom.

Dylan White, a friend of both brothers, says they were two kids who loved family, sports and school.

Churches in North Spokane are also offering support Monday night to family and friends who need grief counseling. 

Neighbors continue to bring balloons, cards and lit candles to a steadily growing memorial near the Ader’s house on N. Whitehouse. 

Members of the community continue to ask themselves why a tragedy like this happened.

Neighbor Linda Stancil's grandson was one of their playmates. She says if the boys weren’t home, they were playing with her grandson.

Linda and her neighbors say they're dealing with the reality that the two brothers and their mom are gone.