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Ashes among missing items after Hope Mills burglary

Posted July 5, 2010

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— Gaby Littler had a strong bond with her grandmother, Louise de la Vega.

"We were very much alike," she said. "She was my best friend."

Louise de la Vega died at 81 of breast cancer, it hit Littler especially hard.

She suffered a second loss last week, when someone broke into her grandmother's house and stole, among other things, the urn which held her ashes.

"Somebody came and they took my grandma all over again," Littler said.

The family told Hope Mills police that someone broke in the house between Thursday night and Friday morning. Some jewelry and DVDs are also missing.

"I can't understand why somebody would come into somebody else's house and take something that doesn't belong to them, let alone take ashes from somebody who died," Littler said.

"She doesn't mean anything to them, but she means everything to us, and we want them back."

Ashes stolen from Hope Mills home Ashes stolen from Hope Mills home

De la Vega's family was planning to sell her house and send her ashes to New York.

"She wanted to be buried with her parents, my grandparents," said de la Vega's daughter, Yolanda Luna.

Now, that plan is on hold until the ashes are returned.

"All we want are the ashes back," Littler said. "I don't care what else they took, nothing else is of importance, just my grandma."

The family is offering a reward for information that leads to the safe return of the urn.


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  • katdelavega Jul 8, 2010

    Thank You all for your prayers and blessings.

  • Adelinthe Jul 6, 2010

    Oy Vey!!!

    Praying someone has enough heart to return this.

    God bless.


  • catalyst74 Jul 6, 2010

    Only in NC!

    No, I'm pretty sure there are crimes like this elsewhere...

  • NoFreakinWay Jul 6, 2010

    Only in NC!

  • Con Amor luvs u regardless Jul 6, 2010

    LMBO @ vlmwest!!!!!!!!!

  • ifgraceisanocean Jul 6, 2010

    So, would they be charged with robbery AND kidnapping if they are found?

  • garnertoy Jul 6, 2010

    This is lowest of the low

  • sniperdiver Jul 6, 2010

    Crime, Crime, Crime. Dirtbags continue to commit crimes, Society continues to pitty criminals. Hard labor is the answer. I see inmates on John Deer tractors mowing along state roadways and property. Whats wrong with the old reel mowers? Physical exhaustion and fitness all in one. If this occured, I am almost sure the prisoners would be too tired to be involved in mischief upon returning back to the prison. The time given for crime isn't a deterance.

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Jul 6, 2010

    Prayers and thoughts go out to your family. I am sorry for the loss... I'm hoping that they find the person that did this to your family.

  • vbkatie3 Jul 6, 2010

    Breakins have been on the rise in Hope Mills. A few month's ago someone kicked in the door of our neighbors house. My husband caught the guy in action and got the license plate number off the car when they drove off. Hope Mills PD was called by to this day they have still not looked into this! They told my husband that because our neighbors house was vacant at the time (it was in foreclosure) it was only a misdemeanor. So they didn't even take the time to invesigate who owned the car that drove off. What if these guys are the same ones breaking into other houses around town???? I am shocked at the complacincy of the Hope Mills PD.