JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - He died in 2006 on leave from Iraq, but now the family of that marine is grieving again after someone stole one of his grave markers.
That is not all the vandals took from the Patty Flat Cemetery in Johnson County.
They say it was a senseless act.
"The fence wasn't cut. It appears to have been unbolted," said Deputy David Pridemore.
Vandals stealing from a cemetery.
"To steal fencing from grave, not a grave, from a graveyard is unthinkable because it doesn't usually happen in this area," said Pridemore.
Deputies say the thieves unbolted the fence and then took all of the chain links.
Then deputies say the thieves took the tops off part of the fence but left them laying on the ground.
Then to top it all off deputies say thieves took part of a grave marker that was on the grave of a veteran of the Iraq War.
Lance Corporal Jason Scott Daniel died on leave just after Christmas nearly seven years ago.
His 84-year-old grandfather visits his grave daily.
Now they say those reminiscent moments are gone.
"We know it happens away from here a lot, but it's coming home to us mostly," said Eulas Adams.
The theft left them all with just one question.
'What kind of a heart would not respect the dead?" said Pat Patton.
But they say they know exactly what to do next.
"I think the best thing we can do is pray for them and hope that they will change and maybe even come and ask for forgiveness," said Patton.
Thieves not only stealing metal, but stealing the peace from these final resting places.
Those family members say they believe at least two other benches were also taken.
Anyone with information should call the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.