Distraught mother devastated after late son’s memorial is stolen

Ricky Delgado would have turned 31 days before his memorial vanished

Mother pleading for information on son’s missing memorial, stolen truck

Bexar County – A Bexar County mother is distraught after her late son’s memorial disappeared just days after he would have turned 31.

Margo Jimenez is the mother of Ricky Delgado. Delgado was a loving son who died in a fatal crash in 2019.

Since his death, his mother has been beyond heartbroken over the loss of her only child.

“It has been impossible for me,” Jimenez said. “I miss him every single minute of the day. I keep my faith and I have to go to a doctor. That is the only thing that is keeping me going.”

She said the day Delgado earned his wings, she and those who loved him built a beautiful memorial located in the 18500 block of Bandera Road.

“People were placing crosses and leaving notes,” Jimenez said. “The parts from his truck from the accident were still there at the top cross that his friends made. They left those pieces there as a momentum about him and his truck. There was a cross my sister had given me with his name and date that lit up at night. I had a rosary around that.”

She said there were two spots where they had memorials near each other.

memorial image 1. (KSAT)

“The top area was where his truck landed and the bottom area was where he landed,” Jimenez said. “We even had a spotlight on it so Ricky would never be in the dark. His little cousins painted notes on little rocks. They were all taken. I just don’t understand how someone can do something like this. I don’t know how they can live with themselves.”

There was also a statue of an angel that was heavy to move.

She said she discovered the missing memorial while driving by it.

“His birthday was April 24,” Jimenez said. “He would have been 31. That Tuesday after that, I drove to work right by his cross and say hi to it like I always do. On my way home, I had to do a double take and turn the truck around and come back by. Nothing was left but a pile of rocks. People don’t really realize how much you are hurting when you are grieving your only child. To just keep doing things like this, whether they knew him or didn’t, I just want his stuff.”

She believes it had to have been taken between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jimenez even called TxDOT, Helotes Police and Bexar County Sheriff’s Office to see if anyone had cleaned the area.

“Everyone said they did not touch it,” Jimenez said. “I filed a police report with Bexar County. They did say, ‘unfortunately, we probably will never recover his things,’” She wept. “At this point, I am hoping that someone will have a heart and see this and think about how much it would hurt their parents or somebody else.”

This is the second time Jimenez is having to deal with her late son’s things being stolen.

memorial image 2. (KSAT)

In 2020, someone stole Delgado’s favorite truck that she still hasn’t been able to locate.

“It just breaks my heart that something like this could happen to anyone, not just me,” she cried. “I have hit rock bottom three times and I don’t want to go back to that place but I keep getting hit against the wall and it is so painful.”

At this time, loved ones have refilled Delgado’s memorial spot with another cross.

“Someone had made a big cross out of rocks and there were purple balloons there,” Jimenez said. “It was so beautiful,” she cried.

Now, she is praying that her son’s things, including his truck, are returned. The family is offering a reward for the return of both.

“He was the world to me,” Jimenez said. “I would just ask them to please, even if you don’t say anything, just put that stuff back in a box and leave it at his memorial. I go there every day twice a day. Please just bring it back because it means a lot to me and my family.”

Replaced memorial image. (KSAT)

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