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Photos of woman's last few years stolen from grandson's home

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Emma Hickman Bibb passed away in September. Emma Hickman Bibb passed away in September.
Abdul Sharif Abdul Sharif
When Sharif got home to his Old Louisville apartment on South Brook Street on September 25, he was heartbroken to find his door broken down. When Sharif got home to his Old Louisville apartment on South Brook Street on September 25, he was heartbroken to find his door broken down.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - If you've ever had your things stolen, it's beyond heartbreaking. It's often rare that you get your things back and a lot of times the things that were taken, can never be replaced. That's what a Louisville man fears after his apartment in Old Louisville was broken into nearly a week ago.

Louisville photographer Abdul Sharif has a unique talent of capturing pictures that tell a story.  His pictures often capture moments of love, struggle and pride. Because his grandmother faced all of those things, he wanted to share her story.

"She was 83 years old," said Sharif. "Her name was Emma Hickman Bibb. She was from Russellville. I did a lot of family history on my mother and went down to where she was born and raised and interviewed the man who runs the local African American history museum."

Sharif's grandmother passed away on September 19. Over the last few years, he'd been documenting her life though his lens so he could share it with the rest of his family.

"There were hundreds of pictures of my grandmother," said Sharif.

But now, he's only left with only one. When Sharif got home to his Old Louisville apartment on South Brook Street on September 25, he was heartbroken to find his door broken down.

"The apartment door had been broken off the hinges," said Sharif. "They took a laptop that I use for my photography, there was a TV that was taken, a battery pack that I used for my lighting when I do photo shoots."

He thankfully had left home that day with a spare laptop and his camera. The laptop that was stolen, is the one he used for his photography business and had all of his grandmother's photos on it. He unfortunately never got around to backing them up.

"I worked hard to earn them and pay for them and someone feels like they have the right to come into your property and take your items you pretty much used to make a living," said Sharif.

He knows that his grandmother would have something to say about it all.

"I'm pretty sure she would be upset, but she would tell me to keep being positive and move forward," said Sharif.

Sharif just hopes whoever stole this things will realize that they stole something special to him. Sharif said he has filed a police report.

LMPD said they have had only seven reported cases of home break-in's near Sharif's home in Old Louisville this year.

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