Loved ones gather to remember Karissa and Billy Fretwell

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The Fretwells' bodies were found on June 16

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (KOIN) — Family and friends of Karissa and Billy Fretwell gathered Sunday to remember the lives that were cut short this spring.

Karissa’s older sister, Katrina Kent, told KOIN 6 News it was all about celebrating them.

“Their lives were taken way too young and we will miss both of them so much,” Kent said.

Karissa Fretwell’s oldest sister, Katrina Kent. (KOIN)

Attendees were encouraged to wear Karissa’s favorite color — purple.

“We really appreciate everyone who came out to show their support,” Kent said. “Stories were shared and memories about how great of a person she was.”

Family, friends and even strangers who were affected by Karissa and Billy’s story were at the celebration.

“It’s a heart wrenching story that touches anyone that has a son at that age,” Kent said. “It’s something people don’t want to hear about because it’s so hard to deal with.”

Karissa and 3-year-old Billy were last seen May 13 and their bodies were found on June 16. Billy’s biological father, Michael Wolfe, faces murder and kidnapping charges.

Wolfe is due in court again on July 10.

Karissa and Billy Fretwell. (KOIN)

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