HOUSTON - Elbert Wood, the 93-year-old World War II veteran whose home was vandalized last year, has died.
Local 2 first introduced you to the former Marine and decorated war hero in January 2013. Wood arrived home from a doctor's appointment and discovered his home had been vandalized by teenagers.
"I was just amazed that somebody would do this and I wondered who I'd made enemies to do something like this," Wood said at the time.
The crime occurred just a few weeks after Wood lost his wife. The community's response to his story was overwhelming. The very next day support for Wood began pouring in. Radio talk show host Michael Berry pulled the Marine's together, along with some contractors to help with painting his walls, cleaning his carpet and even replacing furniture.
"It feels wonderful that so many people are helping me. I want my house looking back the way it was," Wood said.
His story touched a lot of hearts, including the father of the two teenage suspects police arrested.
"I wanted to apologize and maybe with his permission the kids will come and clean stuff up since they did it. It just breaks my heart," Jose Gonzales said.
More than 60 businesses and more than 300 volunteers, including the Marines, helped make over Wood's home.
"I thank them very, very much and I appreciate it and I'm going to enjoy it for the rest of my life," Wood said.
Elbert Wood's caregiver tells Local 2 that the 93-year-old passed away at home Thursday night in his sleep. The family is now in the process of making funeral arrangements.
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