Relatives, Friends Celebrate Lives of Slain Benicia Family

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“I want everybody to know Molly and Adam and Gavin. We’re here to celebrate their lives. We’re not here to mourn anything. That’s not what this is for,” said Billy Slankard.

Investigators arrested Adam Buchanan’s 16-year-old son, Nolen Buchanan, who is believed to have killed his own family last month inside their El Dorado County cabin.

Today, loved ones focused on the love the family had for each other, and the miracle of Gavin simply being born.

“Adam would inject [Molly] every morning in her belly to keep her blood thin enough so that they could get this baby here. They worked really hard to get him here, and he was their world,” said Molly’s mother, Susie Slankard.

“He will never know loss. He will not know what this feels like in this minute. To have your heart hurt so badly that you won’t be able to take your next breath,” said Molly’s cousin, Brandi Narvaez.

But just as his parents did, Gavin touched so many lives in the short amount of time he had here.

“When a grandfather looks at a grandson and can see the father in him, it’s something special. And that was in him. And it will always be,” said Howard Buchanan.

In fact, so special that, at age 5, when most kids have nothing but toys on their minds, Gavin saved up $100 to pay for a bullet proof vest for a police dog. The first one went to Eddy with Palo Alto police.

“Every time we put on his vest, for any kind of high risk situation, we always think of Gavin, because that’s where we got it,” said Palo Alto Police Officer Brad Young.

“He wanted every dog to be protected. What an amazing thing, for such a young little kid to understand that and to know that  and to really have that passion and drive to do something,” said family friend Jeanine Shipilov.

Gavin’s legacy will continue through a non-profit fund for canine’s his family established in his name.

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