Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

A Final, Tearful Farewell.(Obituary)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

Family and friends say goodbye to the mother and her two sons slain at the Marriott

Melanie Frank hoped to go back to school and possibly become a lawyer. Her 5-year-old, Malachi, was a first-grade honor student who loved Power Rangers toys. Her younger boy, 17-month-old Micah, had a sweet tooth and was "all laughter."

All three are now suddenly gone, allegedly killed in an Albuquerque Marriott hotel room one week ago by Justen Brandon Frank's fiance, Micah's father and Malachi's future stepdad. And Frank's mother, her four sisters, other family members and friends gathered at a Northeast Albuquerque church not far from the Marriott on Wednesday to cry and say goodbye.

"What do you tell a mother who's lost her daughter and her grandboys? What do you tell sisters who've lost their older sister and nephews? …

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