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The statue of the Virgin Mary has reportedly shocked many after it had begun to shed tears following the death of its owner's cousin.

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The owner of the statue, Maria Cardenas, from Fresno, California, has revealed that the statue had begun to shed tears 18 months ago after her cousin had been murdered.

Cardenas reportedly described the mysterious crying as a "miracle," adding that she has been sharing the tears she collects from the figure with her visitors.

Photo of weeping virgin Mary statue play

Photo of weeping virgin Mary statue

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Although Cardenas has revealed that she "doesn't understand why she's doing it," she reportedly believes it could be linked to the death of her cousin identified as, Jessie Lopez.

The woman had received the statue as a Mother's Day gift 10 years ago, and everything has been normal until Lopez had been murdered 18 months ago when tears had begun to well up in the sculpture's right eye, streaming down her cheeks.

Cardenas' neighbour, Richard Quintana said he had "wanted to come see for myself" after he had been invited to take a look when he moved in across the street.

Quintana added:

"That's amazing. It takes the words out of my mouth-- like wow. I'm so amazed."

Speaking with a local ABC affiliate, the caretaker of the statue says:

“We’ve had priests come from all over to look at her, and all they say is that it’s a miracle. We’re not hiding her, but at the same time we don’t want anything to happen to her."

Photo of weeping virgin Mary statue play

Photo of weeping virgin Mary statue

(misspetite)

 

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The photos show a cup being held under the chin of the statue as the tears stream down its cheeks to drip into the cup.

Miracles really do happen.

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