Heartbroken Mother Relieved When Burglar Returns Daughter’s Stolen Ashes

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You could say Diane Tellez lost her 19-year-old daughter Alyxandria twice.

She was the victim of a triple homicide three years ago.

"The fact that my daughter was the victim of a triple homicide, and then for them to steal her. That was like a slap in the face. Oh my God," Tellez said.

And she lost her once again, when a burglar broke into her South Modesto home around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning and stole Alyxandria's ashes while Diane was at work.

"I mind my business, I go to work. I'm hard working. But to steal my daughter from my home, on top of everything else ... It's just too much," Diane said.

It pushed this mother over the edge.

"And even after what happened to my daughter, I've been trying to be law-abiding and everything, but it gets to that point where you just get so sick and tired of being the victim," Diane said. "Where you get to the point where you're just saying 'enough is enough' and you want to have to fight back and you don't care who is caught in the wrath."

This was an irate mother on a rampage, literally yelling at neighbors about her loss.

But she said it was a homeless woman who eventually got word to the suspect, getting the culprit to return her daughter's ashes.

"When they told me that they put her back in the yard, that was all I wanted," she said. "So I went back there, and I started looking all over the backyard. When I lifted up some plastic, the box of her ashes was right there."

Alyxandria was back home -- back in the arms of her mother.

"I'm so grateful to God that it worked, and I screamed to all the heavens last night, 'Jesus, please just give her.' And I am so grateful that it happened. And I'm so grateful that I got her back," she said with tears.

In light of what happened, friends and even family have questioned why Diane hasn't found a final resting place for her daughter's ashes.

"When I die, I want my ashes to scatter with my daughter's, so I don't have to look for her. We'll be together," she said. "And I don't have to go though all of eternity looking for her. That's why I keep her. And that's why it was important for me to find her."