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Family visits daughter's grave Christmas morning to find decorations stolen
Treasured items were stolen from a private cemetery gravesite in Crestview. The Peaden family says their 20-year-old daughter Alana's gravesite was violated when someone stole the decorations around her grave.
"On Christmas morning the Peaden family came out to Alana's gravesite to pay a visit only to find out items around her grave were stolen."
"When we pulled up we were just mortified I mean shocked."
Alana's father Tyler Peaden says two solar powered Christmas trees, a family necklace and other items were stolen from the families private cemetery off of Old Bethel Road. However items from her funeral were left behind.
"This is suppose to be sacred ground where somebody rest and it's been violated."
Alana passed away in June from complications with type two diabetes.
Her father remembers when she diagnosed at the age of 9.
"She had pulled me to her bed side and she told me.. she said dad it's not going to stop me its just a bump in the road and she never let it stop her."
Alana left behind a fiancee and 19-month-old son Noah.
"He is her spittin image the way he looks the way he acts."
On Christmas morning the Peaden family took Noah to the cemetery to open a present from his mother .
That's when they notice the Christmas decorations were missing.
"Losing a child for anybody is hard and then to have something special planned for their little one and it be demolished it's a hard pill to swallow."
Tyler filed a report with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and hopes someone might come forward with information.
"For extra protection the family plans to add cameras out here in the cemetery."