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‘Angel’ Swiped From Memorial

Thu., Dec. 26, 1996

At the site where Susan Smith drowned her two sons, a glowing angel has been missing from the lakeside memorial for several days, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday.

The plastic angel, about 10 inches tall, glowed red at night using solar power. It sat atop a granite monument with a photo of 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex and a poem to the “two little angels.”

On Oct. 25, 1994, their mother strapped them into their car seats and rolled the car into the lake. For nine days she maintained they were abducted by a carjacker, then confessed. She is serving a life sentence.

“Michael and Alex have lost their lives, and now someone is trying to steal the memorial to honor them,” said Paula Richburg, the Lexington woman who commissioned the monument.

Authorities have considered limiting public access to the site since seven people drowned there when a truck rolled into the lake Aug. 31.

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