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One year later:Rhinelander community remembers Avery EdwardsSubmitted: 04/14/2018
Phylicia Ashley
Phylicia Ashley
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One year later:Rhinelander community remembers Avery Edwards
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander community came together Saturday to remember the life of Avery Edwards.
"What surprised me is a year later how raw the emotion still is," said Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault advocate Angie Fanning.
A year ago on April 14, 2014 20-month- old Avery Edwards died at his father's home in Rhinelander during a visit. His step- mother Ellen Tran is charged with first degree reckless homicide and his father Trung Tran was charged with failing to keep Avery safe. 

"When this happened in our community it really hit home," said Fanning.
In many court appearances for Tran there was a crowd of blue supporting Edwards' and his biological mom who lost her son thousands of miles from home.
"We still support her we will forever support her," said Fanning.
"There's nothing we could have done and that's a helpless feeling," said Tri- County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Executive Director Shellie Holmes. 

Saturday the Tri County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault used its memory of Edwards and the way he died, to remind other families to love each other and encourage community members to step in when they see something wrong.
"[We] want to make sure everyone's holding everybody accountable, but also being encouraging and supportive because parenting is a hard job," said Fanning. 


The advocates say Edwards' mom is remembering him in her own way back home in Virginia Saturday. However, his life is also remembered in Rhinelander by families setting aside time to cherish and hold on to the ones they love.
"Extend some comfort to her even if we're thousands of miles away," said Fanning.
Ellen Tran's jury trial starts on October 19th. Trung Tran is due back in court for his own charges in May. The Remembering Avery Edward's event had family bonding activities to bring families together. 


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