Burglars steal dead son's ashes

2012-11-14 09:48

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Johannesburg - A Roodepoort family have begged burglars to return just one item that is precious to them - a box containing the ashes of their son, Vincent Lemmer, 21.

Deirdré Lemmer told The Star that she was not yet ready to say goodbye and had therefore been keeping the box on a dressing table in her room.

She had planned to scatter the ashes at Ponta Malongane in Mozambique, where her son used to scuba dive with his father, Reds.

The Lemmers made an emotional appeal to the burglars to bring back the ashes.  The box was about the size of a brick and inscribed on the lid was his name “Vincent Casper Lemmer” and his nickname “Fizz”.

“They can leave it on the wall of our house or in the driveway; they know where we live,” said Reds Lemmer.

The burglars broke into the house on Saturday morning, lifted the gate off the railing, and stole a number of electronic items as well as Vincent’s ashes.

Vincent drowned almost a year ago.

Anyone with information could contact John Baisley, chairperson of Constantia Kloof North Residents Against Crime, on 073 228 0287.

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