Police: 'Low-life' burglars ransack home while family attends son's funeral

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Posted on June 21, 2012 at 4:20 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 21 at 7:05 PM

GRAYSON COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) - Police in Grayson County are looking for thieves who broke into a family's home while they were attending their son's funeral.

Police say the "low-life" burglars broke into the house on Higdon Road in Clarkson sometime on Wednesday. They ransacked the home stealing jewelry, guns, and electronics.

“They says the worst thing that can happen to parents is lose a child, but for us it's like the worst you can do is lose two children”, Cindy Higdon said .

Cindy and her husband Dennis are no strangers to loss, their eldest daughter died in a car crash when she was nine.  But losing their son Christian is something different.

“When they say you're child is murdered...Jenna was an accident, but this is murder.”

But the Higdons had only begun the struggle of saying goodbye to their son when their grieving was abruptly interrupted.  On Wednesday they came home from Christian’s funeral to find their home ravaged.

“Stuff strewn everywhere, they went through everything we own, every cabinet, everything we own”, Dennis Higdon said.

Electronics, jewelry, guns...gone.  The thieves even went through Christian’s room, stealing keepsakes. Police believe the culprits not only knew the family would be gone  all day, but had a look out watching them at the funeral.

“It is a sick feeling to think that that person sat and literally watched us go through hell”, Cindy said.

Their son's death wasn't a complete shock to the couple.  They'd told me they'd been worried something would happen to Christian. The third of five children they've adopted from around the world.

 “Premonition or whatever, I just knew”, Dennis said.

Christian had been living in Hardin county as he struggled with drug addiction.  His parents don't know who he met there or why one of those people attacked him with a hatchet Saturday.  But they hear from the witness who comforted him as he died on her lawn that Christian’s last thoughts were of his family.
A family that included his 10-month-old child.  Who's birth, his mom says, was the happiest she's ever seen her son.

So the Higdons renew their struggle to move forward, not just for themselves but for the three brothers and sisters and baby boy Christian left behind.

“I feel like I don't want to go on, I don't want to do anything again but it’s not fair to them”, Cindy said.

So far, the police have no leads.

The couple's son, Christian Higdon, was murdered Saturday night in Elizabethtown. Jamie Wagers is facing murder charges for his death.

According to Kentucky State Patrol the following items were stolen from the Higden’s home:

-a jewelry box containing several necklaces and rings

-4 long guns (Thompson Center single shot Mach III rifle

-Iticha 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun

-20-gauge double barrel shotgun-unknown make

-a Charter Arms (.223 rifle with a mounted scope)

-2-Milwaukee brand hammer drills

-a Garmin GPS

-3 Toshiba laptop computers with one charging cable

-an Xbox 360 Kinect

-a Nintendo Wii game console




 

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