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 BACAUSA.com 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