Someone took the camera, but when he saw the photos he was in tears and returned it back a year after

A picture is worth a thousand words and nothing can replace a memory that is created by a picture. Pictures are reminders of the happy times we spent with our loved ones and sad times when we had to say goodbye to them. One such person is Dave Lacey, who lost his wife to cancer after just two years of marriage. All he had left with him were the memories in form of pictures she had taken herself and some pictures of her funeral that Dave himself had taken. But someone took the camera and Dave had no faith in getting it back, but God works in mysterious ways and here is how he got the camera back.

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1 Everything was going beautifully, but…

Dave and Erica Lacey were getting married in 2009 after being in love with each other for quite a while. But during the preparations of the wedding, Lacey caught a cough that didn’t go away no matter what solution they tried. The wedding was a grand affair with over 200 guests. The wedding was planned to go off successfully without much trouble, but when the cold persisted, Erica got herself a full body CT scan on her doctor’s recommendation.

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2 The shocking results

The shocking results

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When the results came in, there were just two weeks for the wedding to happen and the results brought devastating news for the couple. Erica had two tumors in her diaphragm. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Erica decided to have the wedding and she was seen with a skin colored bandage, concealing her temporary portacath. Though, the cancer seemed to be in remission for the first year of the marriage, in 2011, it was found that it had returned and spread to Erica’s bone marrow and blood. Erica eventually passed away in December of 2011. Dave took Erica’s Canon camera and clicked 300 odd photos, which also had some of the last moments that he got to spend with his wife. However, a year later in 2012, his house was broken in and the burglars took the camera along with other valuables. Dave traced his computer to an apartment in Santa Ana and informed the police about the whereabouts of the computer and detectives Paul McClaskey and Jerry Verdugo, reached the place.

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3 The precious memory box

At the place, police arrested David Aguilar and his girlfriend, Monica Molina, who had burgled not only Dave’s house but other houses as well. They also found some pawn slips in their house search in which there was a slip for a Canon camera that was sold. Detective McClaskey immediately took the camera into his possession and when he switched on the camera, he saw the photos of a funeral and some people in a house. There was no way to find out who the camera belonged to, but in a photo, the detectives saw a blue house next to a familiar landmark. They found no blue house in the neighborhood in their search, until a resident told them that a house used to be of blue color, and it was burglarized recently. He also told the detectives that the owner of the house had lost his wife to cancer, and they were convinced that they had found the owner of the camera. Dave was in disbelief that the police actually found his camera and when he opened the camera to check, tears began flowing from his eyes, as he saw the last photos of his wife. He said, ‘I feel like someone was watching out for me, just to get it back.’

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He also recognized the handmade strap that was the work of his deceased wife Erica. He found that all of his pictures were there on the camera, including extra ones, of the burglars who took their own.

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