Springfield woman says thieves stealing from father’s grave

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Springfield woman says thieves continue to steal from her father’s grave site.

Gene Key, born on November 17, 1946, passed away last September.

His daughter Connie Brown visits his gravesite at Elmwood Cemetery every Sunday with her sister.

Connie Brown
Connie Brown

“Today it’s been seven months daddy’s been gone,” she told News 2 Tuesday.

The sisters bring a little gift for their dad with them each time, things like flowers, hats, and small statuettes.

This past week when Brown visited, some of the trinkets were gone.

“It’s very hurtful. It’s heartbreaking and makes you sick to your stomach to know somebody would take from the dead like that,” she said.

Brown told News 2 they left a wrapped chocolate cross for her father on Easter, and someone ate the candy then threw the wrapper on the ground.

They also took a butterfly ornament she’d left alongside a hummingbird.

“I just don’t know how people can come and take something from the dead,” Brown said.

She added, “All I can say is I hope you rest real good at night and the good Lord will take of you on judgment day.”

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