GREEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Brent Keeton was just 12 years old when he died in 2006 after fighting cancer.
His dad went to La Salle High School, but Brent was a die-hard Elder High School fan.
When Brent's beloved purple panther statue was stolen over the weekend, the family put its story out over social media, getting 3,000 shares.
Police found the concrete cat dumped on the side of the road.
Watch the video above to see what kind of condition the statue was in and hear more from family members about its importance.