TEWKSBURY (CBS) – A tragedy in another part of the country hit a little too close to home for a Tewksbury woman after a British tabloid accidentally mixed up her picture with that of another family.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports 

A Kansas family was walking through the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport airport on Friday when a 300-pound arrival and departure sign fell, killing a 10-year old boy and seriously injuring his mother and two brothers.

The woman’s name was Heather Bresette.

In Tewksbury, another Heather Bresette began getting phone calls about the tragedy Friday night.

“I received a call from a preacher in Alabama, they were sorry for my loss and wanted to come hug my children,” she told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey. “And then that was followed by a call from an attorney. So that kind of prompted a Google search on my behalf.”

Bresette soon realized pictures of her family were posted online in connection with the story in the British newspaper The Daily Mail.

“(They) had grabbed (my family’s) pictures off of our Facebook account and attached them to this tragic story,” she told WBZ.

She sent the paper an email and Bresette’s photos were eventually taken down.

Bresette said as scary as it was for their friends, she feels much worse for the other family.

“For the other family, they probably had people searching on the internet to find out information about their loved ones and then saw the pictures of me and my family and said thank goodness it wasn’t the Heather Bresette they know but then to find out later that it was the Heather Bresette they know.” Bresette said.

“It goes both ways, it is a really bad mix up.”


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