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Grieving daughter victim of Christmas mail theft

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LaShaun Groman waited weeks for the gift that would make her Christmas, a necklace filled with the ashes of her father, who died of liver failure two months ago. LaShaun Groman waited weeks for the gift that would make her Christmas, a necklace filled with the ashes of her father, who died of liver failure two months ago.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

LaShaun Groman waited weeks for the gift that would make her Christmas, a necklace filled with the ashes of her father, who died of liver failure two months ago.

"For someone to take something so valuable to me," Groman said. "It really hurts."

Groman expected to receive the necklace in the mail last weekend, but when her mother opened the mailbox Saturday, she discovered an envelope from a woman that found the family's mail torn up and scattered on a street nearby.

"I asked if the necklace was found and she said no, the necklace wasn't found," Groman said.

Groman hadn't seen her father in years, but was scheduled to fly to South Carolina, where he lives now, to reunite over Thanksgiving. Then, less than a month before the holiday, her father's health suddenly declined and he passed.

"I can't bring my dad back, and I don't have anything of his," Groman said. "The necklace had no value to anyone else."

No one except Groman, who planned to wear the $20 necklace the rest of her life.

"I could carry him around with me," she said. "He's not going to walk the aisle with me. He's not going to watch his kids grow up. So it's very difficult."

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