Katrina victim's temporary home burglarized - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Katrina victim's temporary home burglarized

While waiting in line for help at the Memphis Red Cross, Mildred Alcorn, who lost nearly everything to Katrina, became a victim again.

"I'm just overwhelmed," she said, "and you know I'm trying to be all right. I'm all right, I'm all right, I'm all right."

Over and over...trying to convince herself, after burglars stole what valuables her family had left from Duane Benton's Hickory Hill home.

Benton, a fellow minister, took in seven members of Alcorn's family who fled a flooded New Orleans.

"Their heart is already broken because they have no home," Benton said. "I've always felt bad for them from the very bad for them. And it hurts me more than anything because they folks have to deal with now someone is preying on them."

The situation left Alcorn unsure how much more bad luck she can take.

"After all you know, we don't have anything," she said, wiping tears from her eyes. "I mean what else can you take from us?"

Some of the tears Alcorn wiped from her face weren't for her. They were for Benton.

"He didn't have to invite us into his home and let us stay. He didn't have to do that. And that's what I feel bad about really," she said.

Alcorn said the burglary is just another bump on her and her family's long road to recovery.

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