Burglars steal dead son's ashes

2012-11-14 09:48

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.

  • michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-14 09:58

    Poor family... I really hope you do get it back... Chances are that once they opened the box and discovered that it was only ashes, they threw it away, but I hope thats not the case. You see what this country is doing to us? These people don't even care about what was stolen from them, they only want the ashes back. This country is in a serious state of lawlessness. Time for a new party to step in and take command of this sinking ship.

      marjorie.smith.92 - 2012-11-14 10:17

      If you lost someone dear to you and lost the ashes...THAT IS PRICELESS !! Other items can be REPLACED !!! BUT never their sons ASHES. Shame on you !!!

      dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2012-11-14 11:21

      I don't understand why you guys got a few thumbs down? Those simple idiots that gave the thumbs down I hope this doesn't happen to your family. Its sad to think they only want their sons ashes returned to them and don't give a damn about the material items stolen. They never had the chance to say goodbye to their son its really heartbreaking for the family.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-11-14 12:51

      @Gift ~ What a very sad person you are.

      malcolm.dale - 2012-11-14 12:51

      Dear Michael Horton, Your last two sentences have references. We have known that the lawlessness would begin the moment the government of the country was handed over to the new government. Now if I were a new party and you asked me to take over a sinking ship - I don't think so!!! I mean how do you stop a ship from sinking when it's butt is almost touching the bottom of the ocean and only the tip of the bow is standing out of water. This calls for a major salvage operation beyond even the hopes of refloating the Titanic!!!

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-11-14 12:55

      For how long does a person keep ashes for? I feel sorry for the people, but you cant hold on to ashes man, you have to move on. If that is difficult, see someone that can help you.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-14 10:00

    That is a blind move. Poor family.

  • msturmair - 2012-11-14 10:18

    sick people.....government is more concernced about their pockect and zuma wants to upgrade his home for R203m, this money could be used to employ saps and past saps to combat crime.....

      Msika - 2012-11-14 10:46

      Don't you think we have enough SAPS already? The only problem is that they are incompetent and useless.

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-11-14 11:25

      and corruptable

  • marjorie.smith.92 - 2012-11-14 10:21

    I feel for this family. And I suggest you send your plea to EVERY NEWS PAPER there is. Including our local community paper. If they have any feelings, which I doubt, they will return the ashes.

  • jeremy thorpe - 2012-11-14 10:42

    This story is at least two days old....I first heard the father talking about it to John Robbie early on Monday morning. Come on News24...stop raiding the newpapers for material when it's almost as dead as the poor man's son!

      Jackie White - 2012-11-14 15:09

      you a prick Jeremy thorpe!!!!!!!

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-11-14 10:45

    Ponta Malongane I know it well. What a place to be laid to rest. What a nice gesture. Now let’s hope those criminal leaches tries to smoke him and chokes to death.

  • jadezypooh - 2012-11-14 10:45

    To The Lemmer family. Jorge and I really pray and hope they find it in their hearts to bring Vincent's ashes back to you. we know that this has been the hardest tragedy of you life, and you do not deserve this. i know Jorge was very close to Vincent and this is also a very big shock for him, yet again. your family is in our prayers. much love...

  • Hemlock - 2012-11-14 10:50

    This is heart goes out to this family.

  • Sowhat? - 2012-11-14 10:52,what are you smoking?

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-14 11:16

    the criminals in SA would steal our souls if they could - they have excellent teachers/role models in the form of the impotent ANC.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-14 11:22

    Bloody savages.

  • jadezypooh - 2012-11-14 13:33

    You bloody people who only have negative things to say about this story are a real shame to our society!!!! to all the people with their snide remarks, you obviously have no idea what it is like to lose a person so dear to your heart like Vincent to his family. This child was someone's baby, it was a tragedy of which they never had a chance to get over or worse, say goodbye. There is nothing wrong with holding on to his ashes a little longer, knowing that a part of him might still be there, and truthfully id probably do the same. To Gift: Nobody told you to READ THIS ARTICLE AND MAKE IT YOUR PROBLEM. If this is what it is going to take for the Lemmer family to have some hope then so be it. we don't need people like you destroying others faith. I thank each and every one of you for your support.

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-11-14 14:15

    Shame on them,Hope Fizz's spirit follows them for rest of their miserable lives nx nx nx

  • louise.v.poll - 2012-11-17 20:44

    My heart goes out to this wonderful family. Vince, we think of you every day.

  • Zanele Shabangu - 2013-03-25 12:56

    I think if the media should announce to all radio stations it wuld help

  • Tebogo Mashiachidi - 2013-03-26 10:37

    This is so painfull. I hope they return the box

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