SURPRISE, AZ - A Surprise family is hoping someone will return a large steel cross that was stolen last week from the site marking a tragic crash that took the life of their baby girl six years ago.
The four-foot, metal cross, painted white, was a gift from community members to help honor the life of six-month-old Jenna Eades.
Nicole Eades and her husband Chris loaded their daughters Haley and Jenna, into the car to go look at new houses on March 31, 2007. At the corner of 163rd Street and Jomax Road, a speeding driver hit the Eades’ car, smashing the back and ultimately killing the baby.
Nicole says she visits the memorial site often to remember her daughter. She says having the cross stolen reopens the wounds that have taken her years to start healing.
“It's comfort, it's my way of saying Jenna was alive,” Nicole said. “One thing people can give me, because I can't have my daughter, is give me that spot.”
The Eades have filed a police report but officers don't have any suspects. The family says the theory
officers shared with them is that the cross may have been stolen for the metal, a common crime police have seen among drug addicts.
The Eades are working on a replacement cross but they are planning to move and would like the original cross to use in a memorial garden for Jenna.
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