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This memorial website was created in the memory of my granddaughter, Riley Ann Sawyers who was born in Ohio on March 11, 2005 and earned her angel wings on July 24, 2007 at the age of 2. We will remember her forever.


To those that visit here and want to get in touch with me, Sheryl Sawyers, there is a link at the top right of the page where you can click on that and send an email to me personally that I can answer.  I love reading all the condolences and looking at all the candles but can not respond to those without an address.  So if you want to get in touch with me use my email link and I will answer all emails sent eventually.  Thank you all for your prayers. 

To update those of you who have not yet heard. On February 3, 2009 Kimberly Dawn Trenor was sentenced to life in prison without parole for her part in the murder of my granddaughter Riley Ann Sawyers. The jury took less than 2 hours to find her guilty of capital murder. It was difficult for my family and myself, having to relive the horror of her murder again. I want to thank all of the ladies from the "Circle Of Friends" who came to Galveston to support me during the trial. I also want to thank Gulf Coast BACA for all their support in getting me in and out of the courtroom. They are truly a great and dedicated group of individuals who had at least one of their members in the courtroom daily to represent Riley when I could not be there. If you do not know about this group or what they are about I invite you to look them up on the internet at and see the tremendous work that they do. You will not find better people anywhere. There has not yet been a date set for the trial of Royce Clyde Ziegler, but as soon as there is, I will post it here. Keep praying that justice will be done and he will receive the same sentence as Kimberly. Thank you to all who have come here and left your condolences an to light candles. She has touched alot of lives and remains in the heart of many. She was my little princess and though the sentence does not bring her back, it will at least give those responsible the rest of their life to think about what they have done. And in the end they will have to answer to God for the things that they have done.


July 24, 2009 was the two year anniversary of Riley's death. It is hard to believe that she has been gone for 2 years. I miss her as if it were yesterday. I have created a new album on this site with pictures of the balloon release we did from the cemetery on her anniversary. The name of the album is "Riley's 2 Year Angelversary".


On November 6, 2009 a jury convicted Royce Clyde Zeigler II of capital murder and sentenced him to life without parole. This is hopefully the end of a very long journey to justice. Thanks to GCSO, the FBI, HPD, and of course Kurt Sistrunk and Kayla Allen. You all did a tremendous job, you are all my heroes.

On June 17th 2011 Riley's story will be featured on an episode of FBI: Criminal Pursuit.  The show airs on the Investigation Discovery Channel.  It is on at 10PM here in Ohio but check your local listings for the time in your area.


The following poem is a poem written by Kathy Hernandez, from Trumbull Ct. (Gramma Kathy) for me about my beloved granddaughter.  It describes her so well.  It was read by my Brother Mike during her funeral.
Thank you Kathy.  We love you.

Poem For Riley

Heaven has a brand new angel Her name is Riley Ann
We have to ask you favors We know you'll understand

It's hard for us to let her go So innocent and so small
She did not get to live her life So soon you came to call

We know that you were with her And she was not alone
You saw that she was hurting And chose to take her home

We ask that you take care of her And give her all our love
We know that she is safe within Your arms Dear God above

She likes to play with Elmo Her favorite movie "cars"
Just thought that you should know these things She even owns a star!

Teach her how to write her name We did not get the chance
And she loves to shop and sing And oh she loves to dance

She liked to put grams makeup On her pretty baby face
Her favorite was a lipstick Inside a fuzzy case

If she asks why she had to go Away and leave us here
Please tell her that we love her so And how much that we care

Ask her all her hopes and dreams And help her with her prayers
And if she ever cries to you Please wipe away her tears

We ask you that you tell her When we say how much she's missed
We did not get to hug her tight Or give her one last kiss

When she looks down at her arms And sees that she has wings
Show her how to use them Please teach her all these things

Sweet baby till we meet again And get to hold you tight
The angels will take care of you And tuck you in at night

Her family cannot do these things For Riley anymore
But angels watching over her Will gladly do I'm sure

We will miss her so so much Our precious little girl
Please tell her that we send our love From all around the world

So fly high little Angel (RileyAnn) Fly high up above
And know that you will always and Forever have our love


Click here to see Riley Ann Sawyers's
Family Tree
Tributes and Condolences
Rest in paradise angel   / Marteen Young (N/a)
I just watch a documentary on the story of beautiful Riley. She look like such a beautiful happy little girl who had her whole life to look forward to and didn’t deserve to be treated in such a evil way This documentary really made me cry. may she re...  Continue >>
Proud father and grandfather   / Michael Rushton (None)
Just seen the fbi program about your granddaughter. ( shown in United Kingdom December 15) Very touching. So sorry for yours and Roberts loss. God bless you both
My sincere condolences to her family   / Nicole Rowley (None)
I was watching the ID channel & I saw Riley's heartbreaking story, I began to cry. She was such a beautiful little girl. Rest in peace Riley, my sincere condolences to her family. My heart goes out to you.
I am in tears ever since, doesn't get better   / Crystal Kazmi (Loving Parent )
Terri I read your news coverage on Riley, wrote this to her grandma on FB Are you Riley Ann Sawyers grand mother or relative? For the last 9 years I too have been grieving her loss, I cry intermittently and unstoppably thinking of her last word...  Continue >>
Broke my heart   / Belb Bains (just a fella from the UK )
I watched a documentary on what happened to Riley a few years back. It broke my heart. I didn't remember Rileys full name so I searched for Rileys island and found this site. Even though I never knew Riley or her family and I'm miles always, Rileys s...  Continue >>
Riley, / Kathy Hernandez (COF)    Read >>
Speechless / Dee Best (Stranger)    Read >>
Forever in memory..  / Riza Soriano (Someone who cares )    Read >>
Condolences from N. Ireland  / Janice Vance     Read >>
to a beautiful little princess and daddy and grama  / Nicholas Phipps (none)    Read >>
im so sorry  / Rose Wright (fellow human )    Read >>
I am so sorry  / Mindy Schaper (Fellow human )    Read >>
Brandy Forsyth  / Brandy Forsyth (n/a)    Read >>
My prayers are with you  / Andria Armour (NONE)    Read >>
Riley / Robert Lesch     Read >>
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