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OREGON WARD AIDS GRIEVING LDS FAMILY

When 9-year-old Brandon Roses shot his 5-year-old sister, church members came to the Roses home to comfort them, ladle out soup and change the carpet where the tragedy occurred.

When Brandon, now 10, was charged with murdering Charolette, church members sat through the juvenile court hearing to support the family.For members of the Colton Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, it was business as usual.

"Historically, one of the terms that is used is, `The church takes care of its own,' " Bishop Arlen Hart said.

There is little the church won't do to support its members, said Ronda Dillman, a church member and one of Laurel Roses' best friends.

"If they need help, we can find it within the church," Dillman said. "We have a network for helping to support each other so that if someone needs help, it can be known in minutes. When something bad happens, we're there to say, `Can we shine your shoes? Can we bring in food? Can we do anything?' "

On the day of the June 23 shooting, Hart arrived within minutes of the emergency workers. He escorted the family to the hospital, offered blessings of comfort, discussed grief counseling and made funeral arrangements.

With their little daughter dead and their son Brandon facing trial Nov. 13, David and Laurel Roses have sought comfort in their beliefs - and their church.

"Our faith in eternal life and that Charolette's spirit continues to live keeps us going, and people here share that belief," David Roses said.

The media "has said we're not mourning, and that's not true," he said. "If we believed that death was totally final, we'd be in a much worse state."

On Sunday, Laurel Roses played the organ while Brandon's four remaining siblings sat in the front row.

Somewhere in Gresham, Brandon went to church with his aunt and uncle.

Hart said the congregation has taken what happened to the Roses family personally.

"When this began happening, it was happening to all of us," Hart said, describing the congregation as "protective and defensive."

In the case of the Roses family, the district attorney didn't get it, Hart said.

"The D.A., in its infinite wisdom, has decided this is a family out of control, and they have to take them apart and rearrange them for the sake of Charolette," Hart said.

"I think if Charolette could speak for Brandon, she would say, `Hey, leave my brother alone. He didn't mean to hurt me. He loved me.' "

Prosecutors say they cannot reveal the information that led them to file charges, but they were trying to help Brandon and protect the community.