Slayings anniversary brings back pain for Dickus family

For the past year, the mother of a boy who was murdered in Franklin caught quick glimpses of her son in the faces of the children she helps at work.

When a child flinches when he’s getting his blood pressure taken or smiles when talking to the doctor, Christina Dickus sometime saw a quick flash of her son Blake.

Eight years have passed since 10-year-old Blake Dickus and his stepmother, Chynna Dickus, were found dead in their Franklin home. Christina Dickus tries not to think about the details of the murder, but her memories of Blake haven’t faded. She remembers gazing into his big brown eyes, his childish smirks and how generous and helpful he was, even as a young boy.

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