Jan. 26, 2009
MESA, Ariz. -- The new Pizza Fusion in Mesa, Ariz., is turning to the community to help re-raise the $8,000 it collected Saturday at its grand opening, which was stolen during a burglary later that night. The money was going to support the Smith family, whose young boys, C.J., 6, and Nolan, 11, were killed in a drunken driving accident earlier this month.
"I can't begin to explain the mixed emotions of anger, sympathy and sadness I feel right now," said Jennifer Parks, managing partner of the restaurant and cousin to Tracy Smith. "Frank and Tracy's spirits were lifted high by the outcry of support at our grand opening Saturday, only to have it taken away from them later that night. It's heartbreaking."
The Smith parents are still recovering from medical injuries due to the accident. The father of the two boys, Frank Smith, must undergo eye surgery to attempt to save his vision, while the mother, Tracy, has a broken pelvic bone and other medical concerns.
Pizza Fusion was broken into sometime between midnight and 3 a.m. the night after the fundraiser. The burglars broke into the adjacent unoccupied building to Pizza Fusion before breaking through the drywall to gain access to Parks' office, where the money was being stored.
Two suspects were caught on tape via security cameras.