Memorial for Chershire murder victims slated for Sept. 19

CHESHIRE -- Cheshire will hold a townwide memorial service next month for a mother and two daughters killed in a burglary and home invasion.

The memorial is set for September 19 at the Cheshire High School football field.

It will honor Jennifer Hawke-Petit, along with 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley Petit. They died last month.

The service, which is being organized by clergy and the town, will be held inside the high school if it rains.

Clergy members will offer prayers and someone from the family will speak. Doctor William Petit, who was in the house but survived, is expected to attend.

Two paroled burglars are facing charges in the crime.