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Posted: February 08, 2018

Friend of slain brothers grieves through helping others by baking

David Rittenberg is helping a community heal from the deaths of two children by baking cakes for a vigil for the boys.
Boston25News.com
David Rittenberg is helping a community heal from the deaths of two children by baking cakes for a vigil for the boys.

By Boston25News.com

BROCKTON, Mass. —

Classmates of two Brockton brothers killed this past weekend are finding a way to grieve through helping others

Eight-year-old David Rittenberg was friends with 8-year-old Edson Brito, who along with his 5-year-old brother Lason, was allegedly stabbed to death by their mother, Latarsha Sanders. David heard the grisly details after watching the news when investigators were near his house. It was only later the second-grader learned one of the victims was his friend.

“I had heard the helicopters Monday, I was so eager to know what was going on” David’s mother, Debra Egan, said. “When David walked in with the letter [from school] it was too bad. He had already known the details so there was no taking it back. It was just, ‘Mom, that lady did that to my best friend.’” 

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David, who has developmental disabilities, is now coping with the shocking crime by baking cakes to bring to a vigil in Edson’s favorite color.

He said he wants to bring 1,000 slices: enough for every person who attends the vigil to celebrate the lives of two young boys.

“I can’t wrap my head around it. There’s two ways to go, you either sit there and think about it or you get up and you ty to help, and that’s what we’re trying to do because I was physically sick sitting there and thinking about it,” Debra said.

The candlelight vigil will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday outside of 245 Prospect St. in Brockton.


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Mother was following ritual when she stabbed 2 sons to death, DA says

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Mother was following ritual when she stabbed 2 sons to death, DA says

Officials with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office say a Brockton, Massachusetts, mother was following a ritual when she stabbed her two sons to death Monday. 

Attorneys in a Tuesday court hearing for Latarsha Sanders, 43, said she told police she killed her 5- and 8-year-old boys in a ritual incident. It is not clear what the ritual was.

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According to prosecutors, the 8-year-old boy was stabbed 50 times. Police say Sanders stabbed her two sons before putting them in separate beds and covering them with sheets. 

Court documents show police asked her why she stabbed her sons, and she responded, “It was because of the voodoo stuff.”

She allegedly told police she mopped up the floor and put the knife in the kitchen sink. 

According to court records, Sanders didn’t mention her sons to police or EMS when she was taken from the home in an ambulance.

When asked for details about the alleged ritual she was following, officials with the district attorney’s office simply said they are still looking into it, but she had supposedly mentioned rituals to her family in the past. 

Investigators said Monday that the killings took place within the past few days and they are trying to figure out a motive.

Sanders was ordered held without bail after her arraignment on the two charges of murder. 

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