Posted: August 28, 2018

Grieving mom searching for bag made from dead son's Army uniform, believes it was stolen

Judith Church of Massachusetts is on the hunt for a cherished item that her family believes was stolen from her car one week ago.
Boston25News.com
Judith Church of Massachusetts is on the hunt for a cherished item that her family believes was stolen from her car one week ago.

By Ted Daniel, Boston25News.com

BROCKTON, Mass. —

Judith Church of Massachusetts is on the hunt for a cherished item that her family believes was stolen from her car one week ago.

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Church is searching for a bag given to hear after her son's sudden death in 2011, made from the Army uniform he wore during a yearlong deployment in Iraq.

"I have been going crazy; I'm searching everywhere," Church said

Brian McSharry was a rookie Brockton police officer and a member of the United States Army Reserve.

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"That was his last uniform, so I carried it with me all the time, and his best friend made it for me," Church said.

The last time anyone saw the bag was over a week ago, when Church's husband, Daryl, said it was in a parked car at a Rhode Island go-kart track.

"I think somebody went in the car, and they saw it in there and thought it had expensive stuff in it," Daryl Church said. "There's really nothing in it. It means more to her than it does to anyone else."

The bag is an easy one to spot, with "McSharry" and "U.S. Army" printed above the side pockets.

Along with those words, the phrase, "Smile like you mean it" is sewn into the shoulder strap.

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McSharry's cousin, Kristy Brown, has been spreading the word on social media and said the family just wants the bag back with no questions asked. 

"I would hope other people would hear about it, and If they saw it, just send it," Brown said. "That’s it. Things inside can be replaced, but the bag itself can't be."


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