Warren family heartbroken over theft of son’s memorial

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A couple in Warren is devastated after a memorial to their son was stolen from their front yard.

WJW Fox 8 is reporting that Garrett Wonders was an Ohio State University graduate, a Naval officer, a nuclear engineer and world-class bicyclist.

Wonders was also invited to the 2004 Olympic trials. That year, he was hit and killed by a pickup truck while on a training ride. He was 25 years old.

His parents put one of his bicycles in their front yard as a Christmas decoration and decided to keep it there for the last 15 years.

On Sunday, the couple saw that someone stole the bike.

“It always warmed my heart to see it, just a remembrance of him was a wonderful thing,” said Jay Wonders, Garrett’s father.

Garrett’s mother, Shelley, said the theft is crushing.

“I know that people can do some foolish things but in what universe is it OK to take something that belongs to someone else,” she said.

The family says if the bike is returned, there will be no questions asked.

There’s a chance the bike was dumped off somewhere, so they’re asking everyone to keep an eye out for it. The bike is yellow with curled handlebars. It has been out in the elements for years and will look worn.

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