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David Brame's parents ask court for time with grandkids

David Brame's parents want to see their grandchildren, and this week they filed a petition asking a court commissioner to let them do so.

"They've been a part of their lives, and they should continue to be a part of their lives," said Don Powell, attorney for Eugene and Beverly Brame. "They love those children, and as far as we know, the children love them."

Tacoma Police Chief David Brame fatally shot his wife, Crystal, and himself last April with the children nearby. The couple were in the middle of a contentious divorce in which both alleged physical abuse by the other.

Crystal Brame's sister, Julie Ahrens, is the guardian for 9-year-old Haley and 6-year-old David Jr.

Eugene and Beverly Brame, along with other family members, are asking the court to allow them "reasonable" visitation rights. They say trying to set up a visitation schedule through Ahrens' attorney hasn't worked.

Powell said the families had agreed that Haley and David Jr. could see the Brames in the fall, at first in the children's psychologist's office, but that never occurred.

A court-appointed guardian said last summer that it was too early for the children visit their father's relatives.

David Brame's family wants the children to be able to come to birthday parties, barbecues, soccer games and family reunions.

"It's not like we're saying, 'Give me every other weekend,'" Powell said. "Hopefully, we'll be able to fashion an order."

Joe Lombino, Ahrens' attorney in the guardianship case, said early Tuesday afternoon that he hadn't seen the court filing yet. Later in the day, he couldn't be reached for comment.

Ahrens and her husband, David, issued a statement through a spokesman, saying, "We have always acted and will continue to act in the best interests of Haley and little David. That remains our guiding principle."

Karen Hucks: 253-597-8660