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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  • by christy Location: hyden on Feb 13, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    This is awful!!! The people who done this i hope are caught and hung. people that do stuff like this make me sick!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: pikeville on Feb 12, 2008 at 08:05 PM
    This is devistating.
  • by donny Location: ky on Feb 12, 2008 at 07:59 PM
    its trash that does this stuff..and i would love to spit in there face..sick trash all they are. jerks.
  • by eliz Location: barbourville on Feb 12, 2008 at 07:04 PM
    they should be caught and put in jail for life; my heart goes out to all of you.
  • by Blanche Location: Pike County on Feb 12, 2008 at 05:35 PM
    An animal would not do such a thing! What kind of people are these? In our own cemetery, thieves have stolen and sold things in yard sales. A friend of our son put a baseball bat in front of our son's headstone and, we could hardly believe it, but not only did thieves steal the bat, but they also stole the flowers, a bench we needed for a seat when we visited the cemetery, and an angel musicbox which comforted me so much to place there. This is about the lowest people can go, except maybe for child abusers, abuse of elderly, and cruelty to animals. I can no longer be comforted by placing things on the graves of our children. This did not all happen at the same time, but over a period of months. We are only thankful that no further damage has been done that we know of. It is obviously a widespread problem. I remember the story about a family who put a hidden camera on the cemetery and caught a woman in the act. If it gets any worse, all of us may have to resort to cameras!
  • by Doug Location: Lexington on Feb 12, 2008 at 04:41 PM
    This is really sad that people will do stuff like this, hope they are arrested and conviction.
  • by kc Location: ky on Feb 12, 2008 at 04:23 PM
    I can't believe someone would do this. They need to be caught and prosecuted!


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