February, 2012 Archives

At a street memorial for Tracy Ader and her two sons murdered in their home last Friday, I spotted this flow of candle wax that was cascading over the curb. I thought it was beautiful, but it conflicted with my emotions about what it represented. For a community shaken by this horrible tragedy, I’m sure there is some metaphor in this photo that, for now, escapes me.

Melted and lit candles mix on the curb at the Ader family memorial at Heroy Avenue and Whitehouse Street Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

A horrible triple homicide Friday night left two elementary school boys and their mom dead in their house and the suspect, a family friend, sought by police. At the scene Saturday, where police had strung block-long crime tape, an impromptu memorial was set up by friends and neighbors.

At noon I made a photo of a woman placing a candle and also moved a photo of the CSI team entering the house. It was pouring rain and my day off, so I went home. Running errands late afternoon, I swung back to the crime scene to check in. Nobody but a bunch of TV media was there. As I chatted with them, I spotted this mom and daughter heading to the memorial with blue balloons. I realized then I had made the mistake of leaving my cameras in the car a half a block away. No worries, I whipped out my trusty iPhone 4s and snapped away. It was dusk and there was not a lot of light to make a cellphone picture with–or so I thought. The iPhone, with some noise in the file, looked pretty darn good. It turned out the daughter was a classmate of one of the murdered boys and I was able to point Spokesman-Review reporter Meghann Cuniff their way for an interview.

At a memorial for the Ader family near the home at 4411 N. Whitehouse where they were murdered Friday night, a woman who identified herself only as Lisa, and her 11-year-daughter only as Alyssa, stopped by to pay respects to the two boys, who attended Willard Elementary School with Alyssa. Alyssa said the 10-year-old, who was in the fifth grade, was an excellent student who withstood teasing because of his academic prowess. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review