Cell phone of Elk Grove mom, whose son was killed in accident, was stolen

8:25 PM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
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ELK GROVE, Calif. - A mother grieving the tragic loss of her 12-year-old son is dealt another huge blow when her cell phone, containing her son's last pictures, was stolen while she is visiting his memorial.

Edward Hill, 12, was run over and killed by a trailer pulled by a truck Sunday afternoon.

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The last 48 hours for mother Diane Hill have been a daze.

"I can't think. It's surreal," Hill tearfully said. "I can't imagine not being able to see or touch him again. I don't think its hit yet."

While Hill was in her darkest hour and visiting a memorial that had been set up for her son, someone stole her cell phone, which contained her last pictures of Edward.

"They show his memorial and they show pictures from the hospital the day he passed away," Hill explained. "Pictures of his brother and him."

Hill and her friend were dropping off a jump rope and a flashlight.

"When he was little he named himself 'Edward Jump Rope Flashlight," Hill said.

Hill found that her cell phone was stolen when she went to grab it from her friend's car, which was parked just 50 yards away from the memorial.

Tamara Escobar said it appears the thieves forced their way through the driver's side lock; the thieves made off not only with Diane's phone, but her purse and a few other items.

"We were pretty much in shock," Escobar said "We just couldn't believe it. I just kept reassuring her God can only give you what you can handle. And I don't know how much more she can handle"

Hill doesn't care about anything but her phone and those irreplaceable photos of her son's final days.

"It would mean everything because, I don't have him anymore," Hill sobbed. "I don't have him anymore."

Diane said she only wants the phone or the memory card returned to Elk Grove United Methodist Church. She does not want to pursue charges or get anyone in trouble, stressing no questions would be asked. The phone is a Red Samsung Admire.


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