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Grieving mother pleads for daughter's memorial cross to be returned

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By: Alexandra Cowley

A handmade cross vanishes from a makeshift memorial in Warwick. The cross is in memory of a 16–year–old girl who was hit and killed by a school bus four years ago. Her mother is pleading the cross be returned for what would have been her 20th birthday on Wednesday.

"Just to think that she would be 20, and not a teenager anymore, it's a big day for me," said Bobbie-Jo DelBonis.

For the past four years, Bobbie–Jo DelBonis has celebrated her daughters birthday without her.

"It's different every year, I think about her everyday, it doesn't have to be a birthday, or the anniversary, or a 20th birthday," she explained.

16–year–old Kimberly Pisaturo was walking to school one morning in Warwick in 2009 when she was struck and killed by a school bus while crossing the street.

"There are some mornings when I wake up and say to myself this didn't happen, still, and when people tell you it's going to get easier, it never gets easier,"said DelBonis.

Instead of celebrating her daughters life on the eve of what would have been her 20th birthday, she's searching for the handmade cross, made by a close family friend, now missing from Kim's memorial.

"It's made of teak, he handmade it, he's an engineer he did such a beautiful job on it," she said.

A relative called DelBonis last week to tell her she noticed it was gone. With each passing day, her hopes of finding one of the only things she has left to remember Kim, are dwindling.

"She doesn't have a grave, I haven't been able to let her ashes go, and I don't know if I'll ever be able to, so this is the one spot that they can go and find comfort," said DelBonis.

DelBonis says she'll bring balloons and flowers to Kim's memorial for her birthday, like she does every year. She just wishes her daughter's cross was there too.

"It can be replaced, but that's her cross that was made for her as a gift, and I just would love to have it back," she said.

DelBonis says the cross was zip-tied to the fence and it would  have been difficult to remove. She says she doesn't care who took it, she just wants it back.

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