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Fallen airman's possessions stolen from wife and mother

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(KMOV) - A local airman who died in Afghanistan had his possessions stolen from his wife and mother.

Bradley Smith died in Afghanistan on January 3rd after an IED exploded.

On Tuesday, Gary Smith, Bradley's father, says someone in Colorado Springs stole items belonging to his late son.

"It seems like while we are down, somebody just come up and kicked us and kicked us again," Gary said.

Gary Smith didn't make the trip out west to Colorado Springs. Instead, his wife and daughter-in-law flew to Colorado to attend a memorial service honoring Airman Smith.

They were only on the ground a matter of hours when someone broke into their rental car and stole a bag with Airman Smith's wallet, laptop, watch, camera, and the dog tags he was wearing the day he died.

Gary Smith's Troy home is covered in memorability. One side is dedicated to Bradley, the other for his older son serving in the Air Force.

While the Smith's do have Bradley's Purple Heart and signed letter from the president, they still feel a void.

Not for themselves, but for Bradley's three-month-old daughter. While they have memories to remember him by, she will only have what they can show her.

"The notes, the pictures and stuff like that," Smith says. "Clothes dont mean anything compared to that stuff...And that is what we were going to give to Chloe."

Smith says he knows someone out there knows something about the stolen items, someone who just needs a little push to step forward.

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