Community members react to damage left behind in a cemetery

Published: Nov. 7, 2020 at 9:43 PM EST
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UPDATE: 11/8/2020 6:52 p.m.

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Community members in the London area say they have been in a state of shock since learning the news of what transpired at Dunn Cemetery on Friday.

Grave markers damaged, tire tracks in the grass and a damaged fence are all that is left behind following what deputies say is a possible act of vandalism.

“If anybody would do it intentionally, which I don’t know if that’s what happened or not, but it’s just awful," Vida Cassiday said.

When Cassidy came to check on her parents' grave, she could not help but notice what was left behind.

“When I first pulled up, you know, of course, I was looking at my parents' grave and I didn’t see anything wrong there," Cassidy said. "But then when I got out and I got to walking down through there, I saw the fence down, and then I saw the other stones that was destroyed.”

Cassidy also said that while she does not know any specifics, her heart goes out to all of those who have been affected.

“Like people say, the dead can’t rest, you know?" Cassidy said. "I mean I think it’s awful that someone would go through the cemetery and do something like this.”

The incident has left the police in the area searching for clues.

“We all put ourselves in that position, thinking you know, what if that was a marker for one of our loved ones? How would we feel and we’d feel really bad about it," Laurel County Sheriff Public Affairs Deputy Gilbert Acciardo said. "So we’re going to concentrate on this. We’ll follow-up on every single lead that we get and hopefully, something will develop on it.”

Original Story:

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect who vandalized a cemetery.

Deputies said someone drove a large truck into a cemetery off of Sinking Creek Road at Willie Green Road. Officials said the suspect knocked over multiple grave markers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Hobie Daughtery at 606-864-6600. You can remain anonymous.

Posted by Laurel County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, November 7, 2020

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