'We lost so much in the blink of an eye': Shanann Watts' brother details the horrific nightmare that followed her murder
Chris Watts has been charged with nine felonies in the deaths of wife Shanann Watts and their daughters Celeste, 4, and Bella, 3
Last month, the entire country was shocked by the triple murder of a pregnant Colorado mom and her two daughters. 34-year-old Shanann Watts, who was 15 months into her third pregnancy, was allegedly strangled and killed by her husband, Chris Watts, who has now been charged with nine felonies in the deaths of Shanann and their daughters Celeste, 4, and Bella, 3, which includes five charges of first-degree murder.
People from all over the country came to together to express their condolence in the past few weeks, something that her whole family is thankful for. In a night vigil held on Friday, a crowd of grieving Clifton residents gathered at Albion Park, where pictures of Shanann, Bella, and Celeste were placed. The roughly 20-minute ceremony also saw well-wishers holding candles and flowers, reports North Jersey.com. Four white balloons were released into the sky during the vigil, one each for Shanann, Bella, Celeste, and the unborn baby Nico.
An emotional rendition of 'Amazing Grace' was also given by the Victoria Balkaran. Co-organizer Robin Gibson told those gathered at the vigil, "What I love most about this is how our community comes together and even though she doesn’t live here anymore in Clifton, Clifton remembers her. Once a Cliftonite, always a Cliftonite. It really touches me personally that so many people came together for this event."
The sentiments were resonated by Shanann’s younger brother Frankie Rzucek, who on Friday, posted an emotional message on Facebook, describing in detail the nightmarish ordeal that the family has been through, and how the support from everyone around them has been of great comfort.
“I just wanted to take a minute and thank everyone who has helped us in every way possible. From best friends and family to people from all over THE WORLD… It's truly an honor and a blessing to be a part of this family, it's an indescribable feeling when people all over the globe reach out just to send their condolences or be a listening ear,” he wrote.
“Our whole world was flipped on its head and changed our lives forever. We lost so much in a blink of an eye,” he elaborated adding that, this horrific tragedy also got the family closer to a lot of people who used to be no more than acquaintances and strangers. “I’ve never felt so loved in all my life, we can’t thank you all enough. May God bless each and every one of you. We love you all…The Rzuceks,” he said in conclusion.
He also posted a message for his older sister, “To my beautiful Sister Shanann, you're truly an inspiration. Now the world can see why I always looked up to you and I promise to carry on your legacy. Love always, your little brother. Xoxo.”
Donations in the names of Shanann Watts and her children can be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, the Frederick Colorado Police Department Missing Persons Division, or St. Jude Children's Hospital.