A woman is seeking the return of several crosses belonging to her late brother that were stolen from her vehicle in Peterborough, Ont., earlier this week.
Erin Lumley said that on Wednesday morning, as she was getting ready to go to work, she discovered her car had been broken into on Maxwell Avenue on the city’s south side.
All his belongings were confiscated. However, she says she almost “fell to her knees” when she realized her handbag was also missing. Inside the purse were three small wooden crosses belonging to her younger brother Nelson.
His brother died in March 2016 at the age of 18 after a battle with sarcoma cancer, which had spread to his stomach, kidneys and pancreas. He was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2015 and underwent rounds of chemotherapy.
Lumley said the crosses were a gift to Nelson and hung by his bed during his six months in hospice care before his death. She says the crosses give her a connection to her brother and have helped her get through the difficult times of her fight.
“They (the crosses) mean a lot to me,” she told PKBNEWS. “I spent every night with him (in palliative care).”
Lumley said she and her brother had an “unbreakable” bond and that he was “one of a kind” and that he would stand up for other kids who were being bullied and that he “always made them feel included.”
“He was very generous and polite,” she said. “He had lots of friends and was popular, probably because he was so nice.”
Lumley reported the vehicle break-in to the Peterborough Police Department. She says the other stolen items, including a Nintendo Switch, are irrelevant and can be replaced – but the crosses are irreplaceable.
“They mean a lot to me and I would love to have them back,” she said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police or contact Lumley via Facebook Messenger.
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