Memorial Statue Stolen From Outside Lincolnwood School

LINCOLNWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — Police in Lincolnwood are investigating the theft of a memorial statue that was stolen from outside an elementary school.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, students at Todd Hall Elementary, 3925 Lunt Ave., collected pennies for the memorial following the cancer deaths of two classmates.

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The bronze statue depicts two children sitting on a bench. A book is in a little girl’s lap, while a little boy reads over her shoulder.

But now, only the bench remains.

“I have no idea what happened,” said principal Ellen Shankar, adding the memorial hasn’t been damaged in the past.

The statue was part of the school’s “Wall of Courage,” a memorial for Lincolnwood School District 74 students who died young.

The memorial was dedicated in May 2004 after the deaths of Ayla Asif and Sammy Shapiro-Rosenberg, who succumbed to cancer in 2003. The memorial honors all children who died while students in the district, including Sean Sophier (1998), Anfal Hussain (1995) and Michelle Mollet (1973), who also were named on the memorial.

Police have searched the school grounds and even the roof to see if they could find the memorial.

The statue is not real bronze, and would not bring big money to metal scavengers. But it is of great sentimental value to the community.

“This is a very sad day at Todd Hall and in our District,” the school says in a notice on its Web site.

If the statute does not turn up in the next few months, plans will be made to “replace or put something in that space that is meaningful,” Shankar said.

Anyone with information should call Lincolnwood police at (847) 673-2167 or the school at (847) 675-8235.

The Lincolnwood Review contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire

  • Doby

    I noes wat hapund sumbody dun stold it

    • Casey

      Are you really stupid or just trying to be stupid? In either case, you win: stupid person

      • Doby

        soree I jest nevr bin at skul my grul frind teech me sum to reed and salnd out spling she leev me for sumon els aftr 24 yirs im aloan for 5 yirs now

      • Doby

        I has my oan biznus panting hawlsus

      • RepentantSoul

        Wow is that for real Doby? It must be hard going through life with no education.
        Casey do you really feel that way towards him? It’s not his fault and doesn’t mean he is stupid just has no education. Doby do you have a Job?

  • Dies Irae

    It is my most fervent prayer that the person or persons who stole this figure will also die of CANCER. Enjoy your death..may you rot in hell. Have a good day.

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