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

Published: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM.

Personalized ornaments from loved ones adorned one stolen artificial Christmas tree. Thieves left the original funeral floral arrangements behind, only taking the Christmas trees and other holiday decorations.

Sharon Peaden, Alana's grandmother, said the thefts compounded their grief.

"It was going to be comforting for us, in knowing that (Alana) was going to be with us during Christmas and (Noah) could see his mommy ... on Christmas morning," she said. "I just hope that this doesn't happen to anyone else."

Although this year's Christmas display for Alana was ruined, the family plans to celebrate Christmas the same way next year.

And now, the Peadens are prepared.

Responding lawmen ensured there would be additional patrolling in the area, and Tyler plans to install a hunting camera to curb future theft. 

The Peadens are determined to spend Christmas with Alana next year.



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