Letters to the Editor

Missing ‘Hawks

July 2, 2008


To the editor:

I'm writing to you in hopes this will be printed and it will appeal to the compassionate side of the person or persons who did this.

It had always been our dream to move to Lawrence and retire here. Recently, my husband and I noticed our two Jayhawk concrete statues that sat in front of our home in the landscaping were missing. The part of this that is most upsetting is both statues have a great sentimental value to us.

One of the statues is painted and one is not. The Jayhawk that is painted we have had since our son was killed in a head-on collision his junior year of high school. It was given to us by his chemistry teacher (who was a dedicated KSU Wildcat). Our son was planning on attending KU and going into sports medicine. When we moved here three years ago, we brought it from our previous home and placed it proudly in our front yard.

The other Jayhawk was not painted and had been given to us by our Realtor here in Lawrence. She had given it to us the day we moved in to our Lawrence home because she knew what being a Jayhawk meant to us.

If this should get printed we are hoping and asking the person or persons who took these statues to return them to us no questions asked. Especially the one in memory of our son. We had had this statue for over 13 years.

Carol Hillebert,


monkeyhawk 9 years, 6 months ago

I had a friend who had her statue stolen. She received pictures of the statue from various locations around the world. The bird had been dressed to reflect the culture from each location. Obviously, the thieves thought of themselves as clever, but eventually the statue was returned.I hope that will be the case for Ms. Hillebert.

lilyanne 9 years, 6 months ago

To the Lawrence Community: Isn't there something else we can do as a community to help these people out? I think it is great that it was published in the JW. I am just hoping someone has a better idea to get this story out and maybe get these statues returned. Anyone have any ideas?

Crossfire 9 years, 6 months ago

How big were these birds?Maybe a picture of the missing birds?

Crossfire 9 years, 6 months ago

School mascots get vandalized by rivals...Stolen by fans...Admired and loved, scorned and hated.Tie em down or accept the fact that they are targets.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 9 years, 6 months ago

I'd like just 5 minutes with the thieves, if they are caught. Better yet they bring the statues back to these people, and I'll make it 3 minutes and cancel the ambulance. Thank you, Lynn

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