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Tony Cappellucci placed the bench there – all proper – in memory of his son, Anthony, who died of brain cancer two years ago.
But somebody – somebody with a crane – came and took it. And another memorial bench. A neighbor took a picture with his iPhone showing a crane removing the benches between 7am and 9am on Friday morning, July 8.
SAN DIEGO — Tragedy strikes twice for a father in Ocean Beach. Two years ago, he lost his only son to brain cancer. And now, a memorial bench in his son’s name was stolen.
Tony Cappellucci would visit the edge of Del Mar Avenue and Ocean Front Street at least four times a week to sit on a memorial bench he placed there for his son after he died two years ago.
Anthony Cappellucci III, or Butch, as his family called him, died of brain cancer at the age of 36. Friday morning, the bench in his honor, along with another memorial bench, was taken in broad daylight.
“It’s like living the pain all over again, I was there when he took his last breath, I didn’t want to be there to see it again,” said Tony Cappellucci.
A neighbor took a picture with his iPhone showing a crane removing the benches between 7am and 9am on Friday morning.
“I can’t imagine why they would bother anyone, it’s a bench you know and everyone comes down here and they come to watch sunsets and they hangout, it was a beautiful bench, it was a beautiful memorial,” said Jennifer Opaka who lives in the area.
Tony Cappellucci says he just wants to get the bench back so he can sit and talk with his son again.
“I don’t want anyone to hurt him no more, he went through enough pain,” says Cappellucci.
The Cappellucci’s say they followed all the rules in placing the bench where they did.
San Diego Police are investigating the case as a theft.
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