KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Ellen Schalchlin's son Steven has a lot of work left to do at the home where he once lived. And picking up the pieces has not been an easy job to do all alone.
"Any family memories I want out of the house, I have to get them out in 10-12 days, so I'm working on going through stuff trying to find family pictures, birth certificates," Steven said.
He says the last time he saw his family before the tragedy was in October. They all seemed happy, and there were no signs something like this could ever happen.
"No I would have never seen this coming. I think it has a lot to do with this Josh Tucker guy, and my brother just hung out with him I guess, so I'm trying to find answers, I don't know them all," he said.
Both Joshua Tucker and Steven's half brother Donald Schalchlin are still in custody for this murder, but that is not how Steven remembers him.
He said, "I pretty much raised him up when he was young, I changed his diapers, when my mom was at work I took care of him."
Steven says dealing with the pain has not been easy, but he has a strong support system. In the meantime he tries to stay focused.
"Keep myself busy, keep my mind off of it as much as possible, but I got a lot of stuff to do," he said. "I'm trying to find homes for the animals. They're my mom's favorite dogs."
Steven says he's had much support from the community. One way for you to help is by contributing to an account he has set up with Sterling Bank. Those interested can donate at any bank location to the Ellen and Elizabeth Schalchlin memorial fund.