Oct 6, 2010 8:39 AM by Jeannette Hynes, Bea Karnes
Brandy Wells leaves a stuffed flower and balloon for Olivia Ogden on the front door Tuesday evening. Brandy and Olivia had been friends since the third grade.
"We used to play with each other a lot," says Wells, choosing a special SpongeBob SquarePants balloon. "That was SpongeBob. She was a big fan and her brother Chase was a big fan of Winnie the Pooh."
Brandy's mom says it was hard to break this kind of news to her daughter.
"I didn't know any other way to beat around the bush about it so I just came out with it and told her Olivia was gone and I held her," explains Cheri Wells.
Olivia and her twin brother, Chase, were students at Galileo School of Math and Science in Colorado Springs. The school sent home a letter telling parents about the deaths of the two students.
Their lives ended Monday at the age of 13, victims of a homicide. Investigators found the children dead inside of their home on Essex Lane Monday afternoon. Their mother, Rene Ogden, is also dead. She was 38.
Rene Ogden's Facebook page shows she was active in autism support groups.
Her husband, Tommy Ogden, who found Rene dead and called 911, served in the Army, according to a blog post Rene made.
This crime is keeping investigators busy, but they're now looking to forensics for answer.
In the meantime, those who knew this family are looking to each other for support.
"We miss them a lot," says Cheri Wells.