An Arizona grandmother has been dealt an awful hand after finding herself on the wrong end of a brutal aggravated burglary that left her unable to attend her husband's funeral.
The 82-year-old woman, known only as Virginia, was pounced upon by thieves following her grandchildren's visit to her home, to help her find her car keys and assist her in choosing an outfit for the funeral.
One of the burglars is said to have tapped Virginia on the shoulder while she was washing dishes before hitting her and smashing a glass over her head.
The pair then ransacked the house, leaving Virginia on the ground in a pool of her own blood, terrified and forced to play dead as they trashed her and her late husband's shared home.
Upon leaving, a traumatised Virginia was able to get her phone before locking herself in her bathroom and calling the police, who didn't answer. She eventually called a family member, who came straight over.
However she was in a bad way - and as photos from the incident prove, she was so badly injured that she was not in a state to attend her husband's funeral the following day.
In a Facebook post, granddaughter Deanna King-Poeling urged anyone who may know anything about the burglars to come forward, before taking aim at the robbers themselves.
"Not only did this MONSTER beat her [unrecognisable], steal her belongings, took the security her husband built, and left her to die. This sorry excuse for a human being stripped her of being able to say her final goodbyes to the love of her life!" she wrote.
"If this monster of a person has the stomach to do this to a helpless woman in her 80s, my fear is that he will have no problem doing this again.
"To the piece of garbage who did this, she proved how strong she is and not even you could break her spirit! I will do everything in my power to find out who you are and make sure you get everything you deserve!"
Virginia is now recovering at home with family, and police are now searching for the culprits with help from relative.