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Gold Star mom seeks missing soldier statue


(WBIR-Farragut) A Farragut woman is looking for her soldier statue which is missing from outside her home.

On Sunday, Sherrie McGhee said she noticed her 100 lb. monument was gone.

"As I moved some flowers over I noticed it was gone," she said.

McGhee received the statue from a fellow American Gold Star Mother. It had been sitting in her front lawn for the past year.

"I feel violated and I feel disappointed how could anybody steal something... obviously it's military," she said. "To me, that stood for freedom and that we have men and women out there willing to risk their lives for us and have risked their lives for us and have sacrificed for us."

McGhee lost her son, Corporal Ryan McGhee, in May 2009. The 21-year-old lost his life while serving as a United States Army Ranger in Iraq.

Her oldest son is also in the military. Staff Sgt. Zachary McGhee serves with the Virginia National Guard.

McGhee said the statue reminded her not only of her sons but also of other military members who need support.

"When I see a soldier somewhere else, that's what I'm thinking, they support the military," McGhee said. "At the end of the day it's just a monument but still it meant something to me."

If the statue is returned, McGhee said she will accept it with no questions asked. If it does not show up within the next week, she plans to file a police report.


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