Gravesite desecration, theft shock family; still, they stay strong

Noah Danio

Noah Danio, 1, and his father, Dakota, visit the gravesite of Noah's mother, Alana Peaden. The family says recent thefts from Alana's gravesite will not deter them from keeping her memory alive.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM.

CRESTVIEW —  A Northwest Florida family is still shocked by what happened to their loved one's gravesite Christmas week.

Tyler Peaden said the recent theft of Christmas decorations from his daughter, Alana's, gravesite on a private area near Old Bethel Cemetery stirs up emotions of losing Alana all over again.

Alana died in June from complications with Type 2 diabetes. She left behind her fiancée, Dakota Danio, and their 1-year-old son, Noah, in addition to numerous loved ones. 

"She died just 10 days after she turned 20 years old; that was a hard pill to swallow in itself," Tyler said.

Friends and family members set up two solar-powered Christmas trees and other holiday items, including a shepherd's hook with a family necklace, at Alana's gravesite.

The crime occurred on Christmas Eve, Tyler said, adding he filed a report with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office after taking Noah to see Alana's gravesite on Christmas Day.

"The bad thing about it is that Christmas is her favorite time of year," he said.

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