September 2, 2014

Historic grave markers damaged in Racine

Damage to a number of headstones in Racine’s historic Mound Cemetery has evoked a range of emotions, and the strong desire to find whoever is responsible.

Police reports indicate that almost two dozen markers were damaged outright or pushed over sometime between last Friday and Monday of this week. Some of the damaged markers date back to the 1880s. City Cemetery Director Steve Bedard says pushed over stones can be put back in place, but others could be irreplaceable because they were made with materials that are no longer used.

Racine Police Sergeant Jessie Metoyer says they’re hoping attention to this case, and perhaps social media, will provide clues on who did it. Metoyer says felony charges of criminal damage to property and criminal damage to religious property could await the offenders.

WRJN