Nightly News | February 11, 2012
>>> we turn to the horrific tragedy in washington state that's captured the attention of so many. there was a funeral today for the two young boys murdered by his own father when he burned their house to the ground. we get the story tonight.
>> reporter: family, friends and strangers filled the pews. more than a thousand gathered to say good-bye to 7-year-old charlie and 5-year-old braden . brothers who shared a single casket, fondly remembered today.
>> in our class, charlie was known as the little scientist. he loved rocks, sticks, leaves and bugs. braden had an enthusiasm for life and took pleasure in everything.
>> reporter: the service for charlie and braden came nearly a week after they lost their lives in a place where they should have been safe.
>> he blew up the house and the kids!
>> reporter: last sunday, they were killed in a house fire set by their father who also died. the social worker who brought charlie and braden for the supervised visit said powell locked the boys out, said i have a surprise for you to the boys, and then torched the home. she called 911.
>> they have to respond to emergency, life-threatening situations first.
>> reporter: a deputy wouldn't be dispatched for eight minutes.
>> i just wish i had understood better what -- what the circumstances were. and the lethal quality of this call, and all of the dangerous potential that was there.
>> reporter: named a person of interest in wife susan's 2009 disappearance, josh powell was never charged with the crime. this week, detectives removed a blood stained comforter from the storage shed, potential evidence against a man who police say likely killed his wife.
>> this is the item that obviously has got everybody's attention.
>> reporter: with susan powell 's disappearance unsolved, today her parents buried her children.
>> we thank you for your support. we know that they're with their mother.
>> reporter: charlie and braden who lost their mom and were murdered by their dad, leaving the world as they lived it