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Vandals Damage Family Cemetery

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Thousands of dollars in damage at an eastern Kentucky family's cemetery leaves many wondering how someone could do this.

It happened in Roark in Leslie County.

Dozens of member of the Collett family gathered at their family cemetery in Leslie County as word spread of vandalism

“Everybody is buried here, all my kin people, they shouldn't do this,” Tommy COllett said.

Andrew Collett is 21 years old and says he visits the cemetery every other day, “It means a lot to me where my mother is buried here, it really means a lot to me now because she was real close to me and it means a lot,” Andrew Collett said.

Andrew says he visited the cemetery in the Roark community just Monday afternoon. It was only hours later he says loved ones discovered many of the tombstones were vandalized.

Family members think someone may have entered the cemetery on 4-wheeler because tracks were left behind.

Now some of the family is willing to give a reward to catch whoever is responsible.

“My family is offering $500 for an arrest and conviction,” Bergie Dean Collett said.

They say the physical damage to their loved ones graves will eventually be fixed, but the they will never forget the pain they feel again after seeing the vandalism.

Officials with the Leslie County Sheriff Department say they are investigating and anyone with information is asked to call them at 606-672-2200


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