Okay, LOVE the first stanza and how it flows into the second one, however "close as close friends" seems a bit...well like there could be a better way to show their closeness. Overall I liked the poem but it feels a bit unfinished. I feel as thought it really had an end...or that it wasn't wrapped up very well. Also, like I said the intro was great, very intriguing, but it lost it's momentum through the poem. The rhyme scheme was alright, but you switch it up in the last stanza...maybe you were trying to get a certain effect out of it or something? It made it feel a bit broken to me. Not that rhyme schemes have to stay strict throughout but I find that when you end a poem in a couplet it tends to make it feel more wrapped up and here you switch it from that. Dunno-just my thoughts! Have a good one.
Good poem - I can't even comment on what I would do differently, etc.. because this poem, being written so close to when this #*!* did this to these beautiful children, and the story being in the news so much, your poem has broken me up again. So I guess it's a good poem - it sure filled me with emotion! I feel so bad for these children and their loved ones. Why do some people feel they need to be so terrible? It's sickening! (OK - I'll stop now...)