In news that makes you say, “Ugh, people...” then, “Yay, people!,” CBS News reports that Tona Herndon, a 78-year-old widow, was robbed recently while visiting her husband’s grave. This dark story turns out to have a happy ending, however, because the son of the thief who took her cash returned some of the money to the widow, who was in turn so touched, she gave it right back to the young man!
Tona was visiting the grave of her late husband, who she’d been married to for 60 years and had passed away just two weeks earlier, when a mugger stole over $700 from her. The bereaved widow said she was too clouded by grief to even make out what was happening until it was too late, but she did report the incident to police, who put a mugshot of the criminal on TV. The photo was almost instantly recognized by his son, 15-year-old Christian Lunsford, who says he had “no doubt” that the photo was of his father.
The teen decided to do the right thing, and turned in the money to the police station, naming his father as the perpetrator. As CBS News reports, Christian told police that when he saw the mugshot, he thought, “Is that going to be me? Am I going to end up like that?"
Tona was thrilled to get her money back, but also to have her faith in humanity restored by the young man’s generosity. She said Christian’s actions were “so, so precious” and when the teen met with her to apologize for his father and to give her the $250 his mostly-absentee father had recently given him for a band trip, she immediately decided to give it back to him.
Christian seems to have learned some valuable lessons from the incident. He told CBS, "You're not who your parents are. Even if they do raise you, you can become whatever you want to be." We think one thing is for sure, Christian — you’ve definitely proven that’s true!