MEMPHIS is calling on a burglar to show some heart.
Someone shattered a window of Katrina Dorse’s Ford Escape parked near Front and Vance Friday night while she worked the 3-11 p.m. shift as host in a downtown Memphis pub.
The thief took a carry bag including a laptop with photos and videos of her son, Kellen Austin Dorse, in addition to fund-raising cards.
The 27-year-old University of Memphis graduate student is currently working to make a master’s in social work.
She was upset when she saw her window and laptop that is missing. But she remembered what was on the extent of her loss and the pc.
“I understood really just the totality of what they took,” said Dorse, who earned an undergraduate degree at University of Tennessee in Knoxville. “Yes, my laptop is vital. Yes, the car window will cost money to replace. But when I realized that there were really videos and photos of my son there I really don’t have anyplace else, it really did hurt me.”
Kellen was born April 1, 2016, with seven heart defects. He died five months after having spent most of his lifetime in Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s Heart Institute. He had been anticipating a heart donation.
By a month after his passing, Dorse established a non-profit company that supports children in the Heart Institute in Le Bonheur in addition to their families, Big Heart Fund. She serves as the director.
The bag that was stolen contained cards with pictures. The Big Heart Fund planned to use the cards to help boost funds.
Saturday morning, someone discovered and returned into Dorse among her bank cards and an ID he discovered outside an east Memphis nightclub. However, the notebook and children’s cards were still missing.
She posted a charm on her Facebook webpage, describing the value of the laptop and titles and requesting their return. The posting had been shared about 2,000 times by Sunday afternoon, she explained.
Kellen was a fun baby who appeared content and wasn’t fussy. But he’d what Dorse explained as an “notorious” side-eyed glare he often gave nurses.
She said that look in her FB appeal to the thief, saying, “… To further convince you to get the ideal thing, here is a picture of what my baby side-eyeing you from paradise could look like.”
Dorse inquires that whoever has the laptop and cards contact authorities at -LRB-901-RRB-Â 636-3100, and said she wouldn’t press charges.
For more information about Big Heart Fund, see bigheartfund.org.