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No word on stolen Jesus statue

MABTON - A plea from the family of Rene Galaviz seems to have gone unanswered as a statue stolen from Galaviz's grave has yet to be returned.

Galaviz, who died in 2004 after a battle with Multiple Sclerosis, rested in the Mabton cemetery underneath a headstone adorned with a statue of Jesus Christ. When Galaviz's mother, Phyllis Aguilar, went to visit her son on his birthday earlier this month, she noticed that a thief or thieves had taken the statue.

It was no small feat. The Jesus Christ statue was embedded into place with rebar and the culprits had to saw halfway through the rebar before they could snap off the statue.

The crime shocked Galaviz's family members and a Nov. 22, 2011 story in the Daily Sun News detailed the crime and carried a request from the family, "Please return the statue."

The family asked the thief or thieves to drop the statue off at Mabton City Hall, no questions asked. That plea has yet to be answered, according to Angie Harris, a sister of Galaviz.

"There has been no word as of yet," Harris said. "We kind of resigned to the fact that it's probably gone."

The statue was valued at $350 and Harris said the family won't replace it. This is not the first time items have been stolen from Galaviz's grave. The family said American flags and lights have been stolen in the past.

The family is still hoping the person or people responsible for the theft can look into their hearts and find a way to return the statue to them.

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