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Wallet contained last link to Burnaby woman's lost daughter
Rosanna Beraldin has had her daughter Lucia Hazelton stolen from her twice.
The first time was almost five years ago on a snowy Christmas Eve when Lucia was killed in a tragic accident near their home in Coquitlam, where they lived at the time.
Lucia was just four years old.
And just this past Sunday, Rosanna lost a part of Lucia that she keeps with her always when her wallet was stolen as she worked a table at the Kidstuff Swap Meet at the Bonsor Recreation Centre. In the wallet, besides some money, business cards, photos, Rosanna’s drivers license and credit cards, was Lucia’s birth certificate.
Rosanna carried the little laminated card with her as a way to stay connected with Lucia during her day-to-day activities. In her own way, it helped ease the pain.
“She was always with me,” said Rosanna. “I carry her around wherever I go. It makes me feel like she’s still around.”
It was Rosanna’s first time at the popular swap meet, selling items like toys and clothes her other two daughters had outgrown or tired of. She’d squirreled away her black Nine West wallet with its shiny patent leather front into her purse placed on a chair under her jacket and pushed into her table. She used an apron and a little cash box for her transactions during the day.
It wasn’t until later, after Rosanna got home, that she realized her wallet was gone from her purse. The loss of her ID and credit cards scared her and the missing money was upsetting. But losing Lucia’s birth certificate was “like a punch in the stomach,” said Rosanna.
“It’s hard enough going on from day to day, but when something like this happens, you go right back to that place again.”
Rosanna has called Bonsor recreation centre a number of times to check if anyone has turned in the missing wallet. On Monday she reported the theft to Burnaby RCMP.
She doesn’t care about the money, she’s already cancelled her credit cards and is in the process of replacing her missing ID. But she’s hopeful someone will find the wallet or the birth certificate and turn them in at Bonsor or to the police.
“That’s the one thing I may not be able to replace,” said Rosanna.
And one of the things that helps keep her daughter’s memory alive every day.