Trees dedicated to David Grunwald one year after his murder
A year after a teen led troopers to their son's body along Knik River Road, on December 2, 2016, Ben and Edie Grunwald have found a new way to honor David Grunwald, during a difficult season to be missing a loved one.
Two trees that now grace the front lawn of Colony High School weren't there when David was a student. They've been donated and planted in his memory, and a couple dozen community members showed up at the school Tuesday evening to dedicate them.
"I miss David so much, and his dad misses him so much, and my family and his friends," said Edie, explaining her grief has only become stronger with time.
After David was killed-- at the hands of his peers, according to troopers-- one of his teachers gave Edie a homework assignment David completed, writing down his New Year resolutions for 2016.
One of them was to plant 37 orange trees in his backyard.
"Well, we'll plant 36 trees for him, or 37 trees for him, but not orange trees, how about that?" joked Edie.
The native white spruce and blue spruce hoopsie trees are no citrus-bearing trees, but they're hardy, able to withstand valley winds, and really "spruce up the school" Edie says.
Teens Erick Almandinger, Bradley Renfro, Austin Barrett, Dominic Johnson, and Devin Peterson all face charges in David's murder. Peterson is the only defendant who is not facing a murder charge.
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