AXEL CHARRETTE WAS RAPED AND MURDERED BY HIS BABYSITTER’S BOYFRIEND WHILE VACATIONING IN MEXICO – THE AXLE PROJECT, THE AXEL BICYCLE CLASSIC 2014, FEBRUARY 15, 2014 DECLARED AXEL CHARRETTE DAY – CCA0081 – UPDATED 03.18.2014

AXEL CHARRETTE WAS RAPED AND MURDERED BY HIS BABYSITTER’S BOYFRIEND WHILE VACATIONING IN MEXICO

THE AXEL BICYCLE CLASSIC

AUGUST 30th, 2014

THE AXEL PROJECT BICYCLE CLASSIC

THE AXEL PROJECT BICYCLE CLASSIC

The Axel Bicycle Classic is a 48 or 80 mile road ride on some of SW Colorado’s most beautiful roads, including the Dallas Divide.  Registering for this stunning ride is great way to honor the memory of Axel, and show your support for the Axel Project.  There are family rides as well, so bring your little ones out!

As the website states, all ride entries include:

  • An unforgettable experience on an epic road!
  • Traffic control and State Patrol assistance on roads.
  • Medical and mechanical support.
  • A series of fully staffed and stocked rest stops with amazing food and friendly service.
  • Axel Project gift musette bag at registration.
  • Axel Project Bicycle Class commemorative Hincapie Cycling Jersey.
  • The exceptional post-ride festival with music, vendors and kids events.
  • A lovingly prepared post-ride meal from any one of the food vendors.
  • Local and New Belgium Beer

Online registration closes at 12:00PM (NOON) on August 15th, 2014, so be sure not to miss out.

http://www.axelprojectride.com/#

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THE AXEL PROJECT

lkjAxel’s parents, Randy and Jen, and brother Kalden have ensured that Axel’s memory will continue to bring joy to other children, especially those in need, by creating The Axel Project.  The Axel Project gives away Strider bike to charitable organizations and offer the same bike Axel so loved, the pedal-less bike for toddlers at cost through sales at cycling events.  Since creating The Axel Project, over 50 Strider bikes have been donated to children and organizations around the country.  As summer approaches, the Charrettes have a full schedule attending various cycling events promoting The Axel Project, with stops including the USA Pro Tour in Colorado, the Tour of Utah and Ride the Rockies, which includes “Team Axel” organized by family friends Darcy and Michael Thomas.  The first 10 people to register for Ride the Rockies with Team Axle get guaranteed entries and cycling jerseys from retired pro rider George Hincapie, emblazoned with Team Axel logos.

http://axelproject.com/

Axel Charrette

Axel Charrette

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FEBRUARY 15, 2014th DECLARED AXEL CHARRETTE DAY IN RIDGWAY

Axel Charrette

Axel Charrette

It has been just over a year now since Axel Charrette was murdered in Mexico by his sitter’s boyfriend, and the community in Ridgway are keeping his alive and honored, declaring February 15th, 2014, Axel Charrette Day.  Community members gathered at the Dennis Weaver Memorial Park where a plaque was dedicated and placed in honor of Axel, on the very day that this little man would have turned 3.  Ridgway mayor John Clark organized the event and commented that the community wanted to do something special for Axel, and naming his birthday as Axel Charrette Day was agreed to be the perfect tribute.

Axel and Jen Charrette

Axel and Jen Charrette

When Axel was murdered, I wrote about Jen’s blog.  As I was browsing it the other day I found an entry Jen had written, talking about the signs she has seen that remind her that Axel is very much with her every single day.  The signs touched my heart, and I wanted to share them with you.

“The morning after Axel died I was sitting on the beach with a friend.  The waves were huge and powerful yet beautiful that morning.  It was rare for Sayulita, most the time the waves are smaller.  My friend said “I feel Axel, I know this is him.”  Over the next few days those waves turned into the best surfing waves we had seen in Sayulita and Kalden got to enjoy a few of them.”

“The next day a man told me the story of his friend, also named Axel, that owned a B&B in town.  The morning after Axel’s death, that Axel had a baby.”

“Then when we returned to Ridgway someone pointed out that the Bald Eagles had just returned to their perch above the river.  They had left in late February (which is normally when they leave the area for the year) but they returned the day we returned and stayed for about a week … leaving after Axel’s memorial.”

Randy, Jen and Kalden Charrette

Randy, Jen and Kalden Charrette

“In Sayulita we lived near Sayulitanimals and the boys always wanted to go over and take a rescue dog for a few hours to walk and play with in the yard.  Axel loved this little dog Poppy.  Poppy didn’t have enough energy for Kalden but Axel was drawn to that little dog saying his name over and over.  Axel would just sit down next to him in the yard giving him pets and hugs.  Sayulitanimals was having a hard time finding Poppy a home and were initially told by some doctors that they should put her down because she had injuries from being hit by a car.  But she was recovering fast from all the love and care around her.  I was told today that a couple adopted Poppy and that they had lost their own son last year.”

“I will continue to look deeply and recognize Axel in and around us daily.”

The Charrettes are absolutely incredible people.  The love they have for both Axel and Kalden, it is intense, sincere and overwhelming.  It is a love that every child should know, a love that instantly sucks you in to its’ grasp and wraps itself around your heart.

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Axel Charrette

Axel Charrette

Axel’s story is one that just leaves you absolutely heartbroken. This beautiful little 2 year old boy was ripped from this world long before his time.  Axel’s story is a little different than most of the stories we have here.  You see this little man had parents and a brother who loved him beyond words and who cherished every moment they had with him.  They were the all-American family who had bright futures ahead of them.  In a moment this was shattered.  Shattered at the hands of Eledoro Carlos Rodriguez Sanchez and Nancy Saralee Solorio Perez.

Axel’s family, Mom-Jen Charrette, Dad-Randy Charette and older brother-Kalden, were vacating in Sayulita, Mexico when Axel was murdered.  The family had rented a vacation home, and at the landlord’s recommendation, hired a woman to do their housekeeping with her 16 year old daughter, Nancy Saralee Solorio Perez, babysitting the boys when needed.  The family had been in Mexico for 2 months already on their 3 month vacation, and had never had an incident for concern when Perez was caring for the boys.

The Charrette Family

The Charrette Family

The Charrettes were actually on an extended “adventure south of the border”.  The family had decided to rent their home in Ridgeway, sell off most of their possessions, pack the rest in the back of their truck and head south.  Randy and Jen were working remotely via the internet to continue to fund their trip.  The boys were being home schooled, and were able to experience some incredible moments.  The family spent their time surfing, biking and exploring the jungle.  They are very close, and these are 2 parents that are handing their sons the world.

Eleodoro Carlos 'El Cholo' Rodriguez Sanchez

Eleodoro Carlos ‘El Cholo’ Rodriguez Sanchez

Nancy Saralee Solorio Perez

Nancy Saralee Solorio Perez

On February 28, 2013, Axel and Kalden where being babysat when Perez allowed her 30 year old boyfriend, Eledoro Carlos Rodriguez Sanchez, to come to the home, and when he arrived, he was in a violent, drug-crazed state.   So what did Perez do to the protect the children with whom she had been charged with caring for?  Well she locked herself in a bathroom, left Kalden in another part of the house, and left Axel outside of the house.  A helpless Axel was left defenseless, and Sanchez took the opportunity to sexually assault and beat Axel before throwing him in the home’s swimming pool where the little boy drowned.

Pool where Axel was murdered.

Pool where Axel was murdered.

When Perez finally came out of the bathroom, she found Axel’s naked body in the pool.  Axel was rushed to the hospital San Pancho, where his injuries were confirmed, but sadly it was too late to save the little boy’s life.

Kalden was left unharmed.

Sanchez confessed to Axel’s murder to police when they took him into custody.  Perez and Sanchez were arrested and charged with murder, while Sanchez also faces charges for sexual assault.

The Charrette Family

The Charrette Family

Axel’s father owns Peak to Peak Bicycles in Ridgeway, CO, while his mother is a software engineer and competitive bike racer, who also runs a blog called Velo Mom.  Ridgeway is a tight knit community of 900 and the town rallied around the grief-stricken family.  The community set up an assistance fund, created a website where neighbors could sign up to bring meals to the Charrettes, which quickly booked up for months in advance, and opened their homes to the Charrettes relatives who came to town to be with the family in this dark time.  The town has also named a bike trail after Axel, which is so fitting considering the Charrettes are the ultimate bike enthusiasts.  Neighbors also started a program that donates kids’ beginner bikes to underprivileged children.  I have never witnessed so much support rallied for a family who had lost a child so quickly and completely.  It is overwhelming, and is inspiring to see how much we can do for grieving families.  The support was not lost on the Charrettes either.  In a public statement the Charrettes wrote “There are no words to express our grief – but we wanted you to know what happened because the truth, as horrible as it may be, is important.  Thank you for all your support and everything you have done and continue to do.”

Axel and Kalden Charrette

Axel and Kalden Charrette

The town didn’t stop there.  When Kalden’s birthday came around only days before his brother’s memorial, the community once again pulled together and threw him a party in the town park.  As friends and family members crowded in, they celebrated with games, food, and the tearful singing of Happy Birthday.

An incredible and beautiful memorial service for Axel was organized by Brian Scranton, a friend of the family.  As the planning began, the community rallied together to help the Charrettes honor Axel.  A local attorney paid for renting the events center.

We Love You Axel Road Sign

We Love You Axel Road Sign

Day-care centers set up free babysitting for children too young to go to the service, and most of the restaurants in town donated food for the service.  Also, the state highway patrol put “We love you, Axel” on electronic road signs.  This community is unbelievable, and it is comforting to see a little man that was ripped from this world, honored and remembered in so many amazingly beautiful ways.

Axel Charrette's Memorial Service

Axel Charrette’s Memorial Service

The memorial was attended by more than 500 people wanting to show the Cahrrettes their support, and wanting to share the memories they have of Axel.  A beautiful life was honored by many.  Roland McCook, former chairman of the Northern Ute Tribe of Ft. Duschene, Utah, spoke at the memorial saying “Know that all the should haves and could haves don’t matter. … We know that the minute his heart stopped pumping, he pulled out of his body and took on the wings of an eagle passing into the next world, where it is calm, where everything is calm and everything is good, where he will wait for his parents to join him. … He was a little boy who ran, who laughed, who jumped, who did the things little boys do, but he was interrupted.  So this young boy has left us behind to deal with earthly matters, and he is now a part of that calm good place.”  Randy Charrette also spoke at his son’s memorial service recalling the times they shared with Axel and expressing the devastating grief that his family is feeling.

Axel Charrette

Axel Charrette

A longtime family friend read from the text of a commentary by National Public Radio commentator Aaron Freeman that begins with the words, “You want a physicist to speak at your funeral,” and which had resonated, she said, with Axel’s mother, Jen, a software engineer.  “You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died,” she read. “You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every BTU of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.”

Axel Charrette

Axel Charrette

Family and friends took their turns to step up and share their stories of Axel, recalling how he was already jumping curbs on his Strider bike and who insisted on going down the big playground slides head first.  Axel’s grandfather described the little boy as one happy kid who was an early riser, “probably saw more sunrises in his two years than most people do in a lifetime.”  His aunt from Australia was reminded of the “cheeky” little boy with a smile which always made him “look like he’s up to something.”  Scranton recalled all the amazing things Axel had the opportunity to do in his short life such as paddling on a boogie board in the ocean, and racing in the Strider class at the USA Pro Challenge.

Axel and Kalden Charrette

Axel and Kalden Charrette

The mourners then joined the family for a bonfire at Top of the Pines, lighting of Chinese lanterns and a Ute blessing ceremony.

In the closing of the memorial, Scranton asked everyone to “look to the west” at sunset.  “There will be a comet in the sky, for the first time in years.”

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Axel Charrette - Heaven to Home

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~ by LTWH on August 21, 2013.

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  1. I am so terribly sad to read about what happened to this beautiful and happy child. He reminds me of my 2 year old son and to imagine such an unbelievably awful thing to happen to him makes me cry. How can one ever get over such an experience……. I have been so touched by this story, when it was first reported, and it keeps coming back to me and I wonder what actually happened to this criminal. I do hope he will spend the rest of his days in a freezing cold prison cell… Sending my thoughts to the family of lovely little Axel xx

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