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Vandals damage 150 tombstones
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TRINITY — Although no charges had been filed at press time Tuesday, three juveniles as young as 13 years of age were suspected of tipping over up to 150 tombstones in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity. According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, charges of felony criminal mischief were pending against those involved in the destruction, which is believed to have occurred late Friday or early Saturday morning. Jones said based on witness statements, police have three suspects who were to be questioned Tuesday While most of the tombstones were simply pushed over, Lois Edwards of Waller-Thornton Funeral Home estimated that as many as 60 were damaged or destroyed during the desecration spree. She estimated that the damages could reach as high as $300,000. In addition to the tombstones, six grave blankets also were damaged. Grave blankets are slabs of marble approximately six inches thick, seven feet long and four feet wide, which cover graves. The six were cracked when tombstones were toppled over on top of them. Edwards said the tombstones damaged ranged from fairly recent ones to some dating back to the 1800s. "Section 1 of the cemetery is the oldest and has graves dating from the 1800s up to about the 1930s. Several large monuments, including Woodmen of the World markers, were tipped over and damaged," she said. Jones noted that in response to the damage, Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace had scheduled to send his inmate work detail to the cemetery this week to work with the cemetery association and Waller-Thornton Funeral Home. They planned to reset as many of the stones as possible. "In addition to cost of repairing or replacing the damaged markers, there is a high emotional cost to the families of those who are buried at Cedar Grove," Jones said. "On top of that is the historical damage that was caused by the destruction of some very old markers," he added.

 

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