Like Losing a Child All Over Again: Ashes of Woman’s Son Stolen in Burglary

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A Stockton family is mourning the loss of their still born son for a second time, after burglars ransacked their home, stealing their son’s urn.

“It was like losing a child all over again,” Raynesha Williams said.

Williams said when she came home Wednesday, she noticed doors and windows were open that she hadn’t opened before she left.

“I was walking around to see exactly what was missing. How they got in, how they got out, and realized that his urn was missing,” she told FOX40.

Williams said her son, Zachary Toliver, was still born when she gave birth. This is not her first such tragedy.

“I’ve had five miscarriages in the last three years. Had one on Monday. So it’s been a hard couple of years,” Williams said.

“If you get burglarized, that’s obviously traumatic, but if you have something stolen that means something to you, like an urn with your child’s ashes, that’s very sentimental,” Stockton Police Officer Joseph Silva said.

They’re asking for the public’s help to find the urn.

“We’re encouraging the burglars to drop the urn with the ashes off somewhere,” Silva said.

Williams suggested the burglars drop the urn off at her doorstep.

“It’s not like they don’t know where I live,” Williams said.

If you have any information about the burglary, you’re asked to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377. the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. You can remain anonymous.

You can also submit a tip through the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page.

Nicole Comstock filed this report.

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2 comments

  • mysaints

    you've got to be one low down P.O.S. to do something like this. aside from the fact that their home was violated, they knew exactly what they were taking and had no problems with it, is beyond disgusting. my heart goes out to this family. i pray for you and wish the best.

  • mysaints

    its a sad day when someone violates your private space, but to top it off, to make matters worse to take something that can never ever be replaced is the most devestating event that can happen. this is all this family has of their baby and to do this is beyond disgusting.