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Acts of vandalism in a Bedford cemetery has community members repairing broken headstones.

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A headstone is overturned due to vandalism at a Bedford cemetery.

Acts of Vandalism in Bedford have some community members wondering how to repair broken headstones. Normally a cemetery is a peaceful place where families lay their loved ones to rest, but lately it’s been the scene of vandalism. Now, it’s up to the families to clean up the mess.

Sexton Peggy Tirey of the Green Hill Cemetery said this is the worst act of vandalism she’s seen in decades. “It’s just sickening, of all the things for anybody to do,” she said.  “I just can’t believe someone would do anything like this.”

More than a week ago, cemetery walkers discovered the damage. The Bedford community has raised funds to begin cleaning up and restoring the 25 head stones that were overturned.

Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley said the city doesn’t have the money to invest in video surveillance but, it’s dedicated to finding out who’s responsible and possibly pressing felony charges.  “Vandalism is one of those things I truly don’t understand,” Parsley said.  “There’s no logic behind destroying something for the sake of destroying it.”

Chief Parsley said the police department is investigating the case and they do have some leads. “We finger printed some of the stones and objects found around that area.”

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 for information on the case.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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