ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Burglars in Florida returned a vial containing the ashes of a woman's son two days after ransacking and stealing property from her Florida house., police said
Emely Santana, 37, of Orange County, said she could deal with everything else stolen from the home, but that she was relieved to have the vial back. It contained some of the remains of her 18-year-old son, Giovanni Perez, who was killed while watching a street race in June, the Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday.
Santana said her 17-year-old daughter came home from school Monday to find the house a mess. Money, shoes, jewelry, and electronics had been stolen.
The burglars returned the vial of ashes Wednesday to Santana's car, which was parked at her house.
"When I'm really down, I grab the urn (the vial) and I start praying," Santana said "It gives me peace. I feel him closer."
She added that she had planned to give her mother the vial as a remembrance of her grandson