A reward of at least $2,000 is being offered for the recovery and return of a wedding ring stolen last month from the finger of a woman who had just suffered a fatal brain aneurysm.
The money has been put up by members of the Wichita Crime Commission, which oversees the Crime Stoppers program. Members of the public can also donate to the reward if they want, said Gordon Bassham, executive director of the commission.
“This is a ‘no questions asked’ reward,” Bassham said. “If someone provides us with the ring, once it’s verified by the family, the person will receive a $2,000 reward.”
Danielle Zimmerman was picking up dinner for her family when she suffered the aneurysm while in the drive-through lane of the Taco Bell at 3725 E. Harry on the night of Dec. 29. Zimmerman, 43, died the next day.
“While she lay near death, some Wichitans characteristically came to her aid,” Mayor Carl Brewer said.
By then, however, her purse had been stolen and her wedding ring pulled from her finger.
A Crime Stoppers tip led police to arrest three 19-year-old men in connection with the case. Daquantrius S. Johnson and Quanique D. Thomas-Hameen were arrested on Jan. 3. Keith Byron Hickles Jr. was taken into custody earlier this week. Each has been charged with robbery, with bail set at $200,000 apiece.
Danielle and Kris Zimmerman were married for 21 years. On Friday, Kris Zimmerman said the ring symbolized the special bond they shared with each other and their two sons.
“Dani was a caring, loving, kind person throughout life,” he said. “She didn’t deserve this to happen to her.
“This tragic event turned into a cold, heartless, criminal event.”
The theft of the ring “ripped a bigger hole in my heart,” Kris Zimmerman said.
“What hurts the most is I should have been the last one holding her hand while she was dying, not someone stealing the ring off her finger.”
The ring should be returned, he said.
“The ring doesn’t belong on anybody else’s finger,” he said.
Healing and grieving for the family can’t truly begin until the ring is returned, Kris Zimmerman said.
People can contribute to the wedding ring reward fund by calling the Wichita Crime Commission at 316-267-1235 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Online donations can be made by going to www.WichitaCrimeCommission.org and clicking on the “donations” link.