Crooks Break Into Woman’s Home As She Mourns Roommate


UPDATED: Sunday February 24, 2013 9:19 AM

A Columbus woman said she had her heart broken twice in one week.

The first time was when her best friend died.

The second time was when her home was robbed while attending his funeral.

"It hurts. It really hurts," Olga Cora-Saulsberry said.

On Tuesday, Saulsberry lost her roommate and best friend, Eddie Jerome Rhodes, who died at age 47.

His funeral was Friday.

While saying her final goodbyes, crooks were busy stealing from the home they shared.

When she got home she discovered someone had broken through a window and stole some of Rhodes’s belongings, including a laptop, gun, and safe.

“He had all his important stuff in that safe," Cora-Saulsberry said.

For Saulsberry, it is not just about losing the items.

She said it is like losing her friend all over again.

"Why you want to take his stuff. He didn't do no wrong to you. So you going to come into his house after the fact he died and they cremated him?"

Rhodes’s daughter, Amara Rhodes-Patton, is still struggling with losing her dad, and now struggling with the fact that someone stole those precious pieces she wanted to hold onto.

"When a loved one leaves it's not easy but then just to hear that someone was very ignorant to do something like that adds onto it," Patton said.

Crooks also broke into another apartment next door.

No word on any arrests.

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