“The Crying Started, and It Lasted 187 Hours”

On 2 September 2012, Nikki Russell and Rex Edwards attended the football game in Louisville, Kentucky, between the Kentucky and Louisville football teams. Ms. Russell said, “My boyfriend and I met through football and we both have a passion for football.” While tailgating and despite the pouring rain, Mr. Edwards proposed to her. Ms. Russell said, “I was messing with some Hors d’oeuvres at our table and I turned around and he was literally on one knee and proposed to me.” She said yes, and he gave her a beautiful $8,000 ring. Ms. Russell said, “I walked around showing everybody whether they wanted to see it or not.” But then …. She said, “When we got home, I looked down and the ring was missing.” She added, “The crying started, and it lasted 187 hours. I couldn’t deal with the fact that I had lost something that I knew not because it was a material object, we still had each other, we had our kids, we had such a great life together. But, he had spent so much time picking it out and waiting for the perfect occasion.” She filed a police report, and she went on Craigslist and offered a $500 reward to anyone finding the ring. She said, “I’m going to say within 10 minutes of posting it I got a phone call. Calling her was Marilyn Patterson, who said, “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, honey, it’s her. We have to call her right now.” She had seen something sparkly near Gate 1 and picked it up—it was a ring. She files a report with the University of Louisville and then checked Craigslist. Ms. Russell had her ring back. Ms. Patterson said, “I was not interested in the reward. I just hoped someone would do the same thing for me if I was in that situation.” She added, “I don’t think it’s anything heroic or anything like that. I just [think] if everybody [went] by the do onto others rule I think the world would be a better place.” By the way, Louisville defeated Kentucky, 32-14.

For More Information: Maira Ansari, “Lost engagement ring found by Good Samaritan thanks to Craigslist.” WAVE (Louisville, Kentucky). 7 September 2012 <http://www.wave3.com/story/19485258/lost-engagement-ring-found-by-good-samaritan>.

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