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Thieves steal 5-foot children's memorial for grieving families

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Members of a Jackson non-profit organization are pleading for help to find a memorial statue stolen from Rosemont Memorial Gardens. Compassionate Friends of Mississippi is a non-profit organization that serves as a support group for people who have lost children.

In 2004, the group erected a bronze children’s memorial statue at Rosemont Memorial Gardens.

Faye McCord, a leader of the Jackson chapter of the organization, said the statue allowed members to come to the site and grieve their loss. She said the group also hosted balloon releases and other memorial events there.

Over the years, McCord said the ownership at the memorial gardens changed and the property no longer has staff overseeing it.

“At the time it was called Rosemont Memorial Gardens but they got bought out by Security National Life Insurance Company and I understand it's now for sale, it’s been for sale for some time,” said McCord. “There’s nobody in the building, people have moved out and there’s nobody to be here 24/7. We have come up here a lot and have done a lot of work.”

McCord and her husband lost their son in 1998 after he drowned.

She said they joined Compassionate Friends of Mississippi in 2003 as they worked through their grief together.

McCord first found out about the statue being stolen on Wednesday and said it was not only a significant financial loss for the organization, the theft will also impact grieving members.

“Everyone talks about the specialness of their child and to have somebody do this so near Mother’s Day, it’s like a kick in the heart,” added McCord. “First, to have lost your children is bad enough and then somebody stealing this significant, symbolic piece, not only the cost but what it represents to us, just breaks our hearts again.”

We reached out to Security National Life Insurance Company, the current owners of the property, and were told that graveyard area of the gardens is kept open to the public but management will now review options to secure the property following the theft of the statue. 

If you have any information, call Jackson Police. 

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