David Grunwald would be proud of his parents

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 01:55:31 PM. A year after the David Grunwald was killed, Edie and Ben Grunwald demand justice for their son, help other grieving families, and work to keep sons and daughters alive and families whole.
A year has passed since I saw a post on Facebook that changed everything. It was a plea for help from a Palmer mother, whose 16-year-old son had not come home that night. A child gone missing… one of the things you start worrying about when you first see the two little pregnancy stripes on the at-home kit. One of the things I worried about. I, too, had a 16-year-old son. I remember when my son was about 3 years old, and he thought it would be funny to hide in the middle of a round clothes rack at Fred Meyer. When I finally found him, he was giggling, but his expression quickly changed because, for the first time in his life, I yelled at him. "Don't ever do that again! You stay next to me ALWAYS!" People were looking at me, maybe assuming I was a terrible mother, but I think most understood. Our mission is to protect our children from harm. Then they become teenagers. It's hard to scrap that lifelong mission when they start going to friends' houses, driving, getting their first job, exploring the world a little. As a mother, you want to cling forever, but you know you can't. You have to let them go out in the world; at the same time, you pray the world is kind to them. Sometimes, the world is not. I stayed up most of Nov. 13, 2016, monitoring the posts, looking for information and ways to help. The next day's news was even more frightening. David Grunwald's burned Ford Bronco was found on Bald Mountain Ridge. David, who was taking his girlfriend home and giving a ride to...Read more
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