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Teammates of Murder-Suicide Victim to Honor Boy at Memorial Service

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The funeral service for April Veraghen, 33, and her son, Damien, 9, will be at Blaney Funeral Home at 1521 Shawano Ave. Saturday.

Bao Vang talked with some of their friends who plan to honor the two in a special way by wearing uniforms of his favorite baseball team, the Red Sox.

Damien was only able to play one season of baseball with the Miracle League of Green Bay last year.

But, the boy, who's being remembered as spunky and energetic, left quite an impression on the coaching staff.

"He was a sweet little boy, he always had a smile on his face," says Julie Taylor. She was the team mom for Damien's team, the Red Sox.

"He loved to be up to bat, at all times," she adds.

And she'll never forget just how much he loved working the crowd.

"When he'd go up to bat, he wanted the crowd to cheer him on," Taylor said.

And that included, without a doubt, his mom, April.

"He loved seeing his mom in the audience, and sitting there on the bleachers and watching him at every game," she said.

This week, when April and Damien were found dead in their Green Bay apartment, members of the Miracle League were saddened.

"It just came as a shock to all of us in the community I think," said Taylor.

The Miracle League founder adds "I can't believe it, on one hand, you see this bright little boy and on the other hand, he's gone."

But, he's certainly not going to be forgotten.

Saturday at the memorial service for the two, his teammates and the coaching staff will wear their Red Sox uniforms to pay their respects.

"Damien was an awesome little boy. And this (baseball) is one of the things he really enjoyed in life," said Taylor.

The memorial service is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The funeral service will start at 2 p.m.

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