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Parker Schenecker starts a journey

April 2, 2011

TAMPA — He was here with her overnight last year. She’d fallen asleep in the bounce house while music blared and kids circled the track.

Army Col. Parker Schenecker had walked until the sun rose in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. This year, he would do it without her.

Saturday night, candles lined the track that his 16-year-old daughter Calyx once ran with her King High School team. Some burned for Calyx and her 13-year-old brother Beau, illuminating their father’s journey.

It had been 50 days since the colonel got the news that his two children had been murdered and that his wife had confessed to pulling the trigger.

Almost immediately, he decided how to deal with this: He would tend to the causes that mattered to his children, so as to complete their unfinished legacies. He would dwell on their lives, not their deaths.

On Saturday, the grieving father took his first steps. He took them neither alone nor childless


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