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Tina Clouse feels closest to her son Justin when she visits his gravesite at Riverside Memorial Park. Tina Clouse feels closest to her son Justin when she visits his gravesite at Riverside Memorial Park.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Tina Clouse feels closest to her son Justin when she visits his gravesite at Riverside Memorial Park.

“As close as I can be,” Clouse said.

Corporal Justin Clouse was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan last summer. He was 22.

“He was just an awesome person,” Clouse said. “And everyone loved him.”

The grieving mother says her son enlisted to fight for freedom overseas, something he always believed in. So she chose to decorate his gravesite with meaningful flags and trinkets to celebrate a hero.

“It's just our way of showing how much we love him,” she said through tears.

But the memorial looks different after someone burglarized the gravesite Monday, stealing more than 20 items celebrating the soldier.

The stolen items include solar powered lights that illuminated the grave and the statues around it, at least one angel statue, and wind chimes. Items Tina Clouse says symbolize the lives Justin Clouse touched.

“They took it from him,” she said. “This is his.”

“It's just not right. It's not right to take from somebody who's done so much.”

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