It seemed like a tragic twist of fate. The day before their wedding, Dave and Erica Lacey received some soul-crushing news: Erica had been diagnosed with cancer. Of course the couple didn’t let that stop them. They went ahead with the ceremony–and took many photos of that happy day.
Erica died at age 30 from lymphoma, and the same camera that had photos of the Laceys’ wedding ceremony now was pictures from her funeral. Then the unthinkable happened. Burglars broke into Dave’s Santa Ana, CA, home, and made off with his camera that contained 300 photos, precious mementos of Dave’s time with Erica. He was heartbroken.
But then the story gets crazier. After another home burglary, Santa Ana police officers were able to track the stolen computer, which lead them to the burglar’s door. Inside, the found many stolen items and receipts from a local pawnshop. When they went to the pawnshop, they discovered a camera.
The police looked at the photos until they came across a wall and tree from a neighborhood one of the cops recognized. When they went there, they asked some of the neighbors about a stolen camera–and that led them to Dave Lacey. He went to the pawn shop and picked up the camera himself, recognizing it by the distinctive strap that his wife had made for it. He’d been resigned to having the camera gone forever. Now having the memories back was fantastic, Lacey told reporters.
You can watch the video below to see the whole dramatic, inspirational story.
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