Vandals Strike Kentucky Cemetery On Christmas Day

It's a place for peace and remembering loved ones.

But that didn't matter to some Central Kentucky vandals, who struck a cemetery on Christmas Day.

Police say more than 50 grave markers at the Carlisle Cemetery, in Nicholas County, were damaged sometime Tuesday night.

Investigators think it was the work of more than one person because some of the markers weigh around a thousand pounds.

Now, many in the community are trying to figure out why this would happen.

Police say the vandals could face felony charges if caught.

Cemetery officials are still trying to assess all the damage, so they haven't been able to determine exactly how much the clean-up will cost.

This is not the first time the Carlisle Cemetery has been hit.

Nearly ten years ago, vandals overturned a fewer number of grave markers in another part of the cemetery.

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  • by Nicole Location: Carlisle on Jan 14, 2008 at 06:45 AM
    In case anyone is keeping up to date on this story, there were two people arrested in connection with the cemetary vandalism. One was, in fact, an adult. The other was a minor, but almost 18 I believe the paper said. I think they were asked why they did it and the older one just put his head down.
  • by Nicole Location: Carlisle on Jan 3, 2008 at 08:07 AM
    Well, Mr. or Ms. FACT (whom replied to Johnny), should the assumption be that that you do in "fact" know that these were children? Or are you simply insinuating that the type of person or people that would cause such destruction could only be children or act as such?
  • by \My opinion Location: Ky on Dec 31, 2007 at 08:35 AM
    Not to get off the subject at hand, but I had to respond to Steve.-"OK, here's my take...the dead are dead, their spirits have already decended into heaven or hell (depending on where they were with the Lord when they died)".Steve that's a matter of opinion...If they go to heaven or hell when they die,what's the purpose is Judgement Day?Ever think of that? Not saying the dead are disturbed by these idiots;the dead know nothing.But your 'take' dont fly either.
  • by mommy 2 b Location: ky on Dec 30, 2007 at 02:44 PM
    This is really pathetic. I cannot believe ppl will stoop this low, and for what? What kind of thrill did they get out of this? The family of the deceased had to pay for these stones, and I know they are not cheap. I really hope they catch whoever did this and make them pay back for the distruction.
  • by Nicole Location: Carlisle on Dec 30, 2007 at 01:53 AM
    The police were probably pulling people over for no lights in their license plates. That's what they do around here. All the while, REAL crime is going on. Or perhaps, the cops were just hanging out at the local gas station. Maybe some of the blame should be on law enforcement for trying to pull people over for petty little things rather than watching for things like kids on the streets late at night or cracked out adults, whichever one it may have been, destroying cemetaries! And as far as having to put up fences, cameras, and razor wire... What's next? Where is the money going to come from to do that? It's a great idea, but communities shouldn't have to resort to that to protect our dead! We should simply teach our living to have more respect! And the simple truth of it is that these people probably have NO REMORSE whatsoever. No guilt. No conscience. So, all in all, it doesn't even matter to them as long as they don't get caught.
  • by Fact on Dec 29, 2007 at 04:54 PM
    Uh yea Johnny, they were children
  • by Rick Location: Kimper on Dec 29, 2007 at 11:52 AM
    Its ashame people can't have stones to remember their loved ones, all we can do for people like this is Pray for them, but if one is caught i agree lock them up let them watch cell bars rust before their eyes.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Dec 29, 2007 at 06:01 AM
    (PART 2 of 2): Whoever did this (I suspect a band of teenagers with nothing better to do) should be punished severely for their actions. Does everyone here remember a time when churches and cemeteries were pretty-much off limits, even criminals. There was an assumed "respect" for these places and never any crime there. Apparently with the drugs or plunging IQ's of each generation, those ideas have gone out the door. How many churches have been torched? How many have been burglarized? How many cemeteries have this same thing happen? Lots in the past year or so. It won't be long til some drug dealers walk into Sunday service with guns and rob the church, because there's a lot of money there on a Sunday. And I hope one of the parishioners has a CCDW permit and puts a bullet right in their forehead when they do. On a side note, if teens have to resort to this in Carlisle, then the city has a problem with things to do for people. Open some night businesses so people aren't bored
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Dec 29, 2007 at 05:56 AM
    WOW! This is the first topic I've ever seen on here where everyone was taking the same side. No whiners saying that maybe they're bipolar, or that they are someone's family too and we shouldn't judge, etc. OK, here's my take...the dead are dead, their spirits have already decended into heaven or hell (depending on where they were with the Lord when they died) so the body is just a shell which will rot and return to dust as the Lord said. So the whole "dead can't rest" thing doesn't really fly. If they're in heaven/hell, they're not in that hole in the ground therefore not disturbed by this. Cemeteries are for those of us who are still alive and can't get over a loved one's death to have a "spot" to visit and talk to the dirt to make us feel better because we probably feel guilt for how we treated our loved ones when they were alive. If we would treat all our families like today was their last day, we'd all feel much better/content when they died. MORE TO COME (Part 1 of 2)
  • by Grim Reaper Location: Everywhere on Dec 29, 2007 at 05:49 AM
    Let me have them!!
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