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While a Tucson mother grieves, her son's ashes are stolen at the funeral

29-year-old Michael Beck died several days after his motorized bicycle was hit by a car. His ashes were stolen at the funeral.

While a Tucson mother grieves, her son's ashes are stolen at the funeral

CREATED May 27, 2012

Reporter: Valerie Cavazos

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -- A mother whose son died in a car accident is hoping police can find the person who stole his ashes at the funeral.

"He was my only child. I was a single mom. And it was him and I always. And now I don't even have him now," said Cindy Berry, the mother of 29-year-old Michael Beck.

" I still don't understand why would anybody do this to somebody. His death was tragic enough," she said. Berry just can't believe that someone would take the urn that contained her son's ashes. Beck died several days after a car slammed into his motorized bicycle on May 8th -- throwing him over the hood of the car.

His body was cremated and Berry put the urn in a decorative box for the funeral service. But shortly after the service ended, "I said let's gather stuff up and my sister started screaming it's gone, it's gone," said Berry. Someone opened the box, she said, and took the urn.

She immediately called the police.  KGUN9 reporter Valerie Cavazos asked what the police said when she made that phone call. Berry answered,  "They were kind of stunned -- apologetic. And they were like 'Are you serious?'"

Berry said the officer told her he never had a case like this. She said she doesn't really know what the actual crime is. "And that's what I want to know. Is it kidnapping? I don't know what."

What she does know is that the loss of her son -- twice -- is too much to bear. "I don't know how much more I can take. I'm empty inside." Berry said tearfully -- barely able to continue.

The family said the funeral service took place at the New Life Community Church on North Geronimo Avenue. They hope that anybody who might have information will call police.

Berry said she's confident the police will find the person reponsible, but she's worried that if she gets the urn back, her son's ashes won't be inside.