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Sunday
Mar202011

Students Honor Florida Kids Killed by Mother

WFTS-TV Tampa Bay, Fla.(TAMPA, Fla.) -- At a football field in Tampa, Fla. Saturday night, more than 600 high school students gathered to honor two classmates allegedly murdered by their mother in January.

The school’s student-run Relay for Life was dedicated this year to the memory of former classmate Calyx Schenecker, 16, and her younger brother Beau, 13. In January, the siblings were allegedly fatally shot by their mother, Julie Powers Schenecker. The Florida mom has pleaded not guilty to two first-degree murder charges and is being held without bond in Hillsborough County.

At the time of the shooting, Calyx was a sophomore and working hard alongside her classmates and teachers to raise money for the American Cancer Society, an organization friends said she passionately supported.

At 10 p.m. Saturday night, the lights at the stadium went dim and all participants and visitors took part in a Remembrance Ceremony for Calyx. Photos of Calyx and Beau lined the football field. Army Col. Parker Schenecker, the children's father, joined members of King High School PRIDE musical group on stage where the choir put to music a poem that one of Calyx's friends had written in the lost teen's memory.

In the rare appearance, Schenecker addressed the students and community and presented the American Cancer Society with a check for $5,000. The donation was the first contribution to be made on behalf of the Calyx and Beau Schenecker Memorial Fund.

"Calyx and Beau are beaming with devotion and respect for you," he said.

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