Luis Ocampo has served his country by defending its honor and protecting its citizens. But he hasn’t been shown much respect in return.
As a National Guardsman, Ocampo was tasked with helping serve and reestablish those along the North Carolina Coast who have been displaced by Hurricane Florence. Millions have been driven from their homes, and without the help of selfless individuals like Ocampo, many may have drowned, become trapped, or lost even more in the process.
Sadly, while Ocampo was carrying out this important mission, someone else was carrying away things that were important to him. His home was robbed and ransacked.
“I don’t know how people can be so terrible,” Ocampo’s girlfriend, Kailey Finch, told WSOC.
Finch and the couple’s 1-year-old son were not inside their home when it was robbed. They think someone came in through the back window while they were away, and took everything they could find, including a gun, a television set, a gaming console, money, jewelry, and a laptop Ocampo uses for school.
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“If I was (to) do that to someone, I feel like I would feel really bad afterward. I would be like, I see this family struggling and I just messed up their life even worse,” Finch said.
Finch was heartbroken when she told her boyfriend all that was stolen.
“It’s irreplaceable. It’s not something you can get back,” she said.
It wasn’t just valuables lost in the incident, either. Finch is struggling to find faith in humanity, considering all that Ocampo has done for others.
“He does a lot for everybody. He always wants to make sure that everybody gets help,” she said.
Law enforcement has yet to find any suspects in the case, but police are still investigating.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.