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Vandals damage about 200 headstones in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Vandals hit overnight damaging or destroying 200 of the nearly 20,000 graves at the Richmond Cemetery.

"It's a terrible thing that makes you wonder what in the world could the person be thinking about when they do something like this," said Bill Jennings, chairman of cemetery's board. "But the police are investigating and hopefully they'll come up with some leads."

Richmond Police tell WKYT that someone or multiple people are responsible for the vandalism. Those responsible could face first degree criminal mischief charges with the damage being more than 10,000 dollars.

Jennings tells WKYT vandalism has happened before but never this much damage at once.

We caught up with a woman named Florine Isaacs who says her parents' graves were damaged overnight. Their names are Amanda and Elvin Whitt who are buried side-by-side.

"Why would someone want to bother my momma and daddy?" said Florine Isaacs. "They've been gone. They didn't bother people. It breaks my heart."

The only thing Isaacs and others want is for their loved ones to rest in peace. Isaacs says she's not sure how or when she'll be able to fix their headstone. For now, she's praying for those responsible.

"I pity them. I feel sorry for them," said Isaacs. "I want them to be saved whoever they are. I just wish they hadn't done it to me or mine or anyone else."

Police are still assessing the damage walking by the thousands of graves to photograph every damaged one. Some graves in the Richmond Cemetery date back to the Civil War.


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