Abrahama Tomelloso has felt an emptiness in her home since it was burglarized Monday. The thief didn’t touch the family’s TV or electronics, but instead stole things like toilet paper and a used toothbrush.
Tomelloso said the burglar also took something that much more precious: A three-to-four-inch urn that holds the ashes of her son, Emanuel.
Tomelloso said she and her husband, her 13-and-9-year-old daughters and 1-and-a-half-year-old son were coming home from shopping Monday night when they noticed something was amiss at their home on McKenzie Avenue. “We got out, called police and they made sure no one was still in the house,” she said.
“We were having to go room to room to find out what was taken,” she recalls.” That’s when I realized they had taken my son.”
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Drop him in the mailbox, leave him in a public place with a note. I beg them not to dispose of his ashes.
Abrahama Tomelloso, mother of baby Emanuel
Tomelloso said that in 2014 she lost baby Emanuel when she was 17 weeks pregnant. “I went to my ultrasound and realized he didn’t have a heartbeat,” she said. Tomelloso delivered Emanuel and was able to spend time with him before the family made arrangements to have him cremated.
“We know they went through a window,” Tomelloso said of the thief. “They took the urn thinking maybe it was made of gold, because it had gold on the outside. They wanted to sell it pawn it, something.” She said the urn is gold colored and has her son’s name on it.
Tomelloso said her whole family is taking the loss of Emanuel’s ashes hard. “My husband is very sad about it, but he’s also upset,” she said. “My daughters cried about it so much.”
The thief took “small things they could carry in their hands,” Tomelloso said. “Groceries, jewelery, a blanket, toilet paper, a toothbrush and deodorant.”
Tomelloso said she hopes whoever has the urn will have a change of heart and return it – and Emanuel’s ashes – to her. “Drop him in the mailbox, leave him in a public place with a note. I beg them not to dispose of his ashes.”