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Mother hopes thieves will return bench to her son's gravesite

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT) -

"He was engaged to be married. He had his life all planned out," says Jodie Nelson, of Corbin.

But, at just 18-years-old, Alonzo Nelson of Corbin was killed.

"He was on a racing riding mower crossing the road when he was hit by a pick-up truck in front of where we lived at the time," says Nelson.

Nelson says within the first 6 months of burying Alonzo in the Corinth Cemetery someone stole his flowers.

Now, 7 years later, Nelson says thieves took something even more important from her son's gravesite, "I had just purchased the flowers to take to him. I got a phone call from Alonzo's dad saying his bench was gone."

This isn't just any ordinary bench. It has a squirrel on both sides of it. Squirrel hunting was a hobby of Alonzo's. Nelson says the bench was also a gift given to the family.

"I can't stand him not having that bench. It was just a gift and a wonderful moment after he died. And they took it. I just want it back. That's all," adds Nelson.

Now all Alonzo's mother wants is for someone to have a change of heart and return it, "I have a $100 reward just for it's return. I won't ask any questions. I just want to get it back. It's his. It's Alonzo's. It belongs where it was."

Corbin Police say that thefts in cemeteries are difficult to solve without witnesses or vehicle descriptions. Corbin police say they do routinely patrol around the cemeteries in town.


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