Vandals attack Maher cemetery
JULIA ROBERTS GOAD
MAHER The peace of Mountain View Memory Gardens at Maher, W.Va., was broken over the weekend when a person or persons vandalized the cemetery.
It is a shame, Mountain View manager David Bell said. It is hard to understand why someone would do something like this.
Personnel at the cemetery say theyre not sure when the vandalism occurred. It was discovered Monday morning.
Maintenance supervisor Jeffrey Lowe said the vandals spray painted vulgar images on the mausoleum as well as a maintenance building and a stone behind the building that had not yet been placed.
The door of the building was damaged, and there were several places which were spray painted, Lowe said.
In addition to the spray paint, flower arrangements were destroyed, eternal flame solar lights were broken and several ceramic vases and statues were crushed.
Lowe said the cemetery has had similar problems in the past, though not as severe.
The last time anyone did any damage, they knocked over some concrete trash containers, Lowe said. Those are very heavy, it takes more than one person to move them. I dont think kids did this.
Bell said he did not know what the motive for such a crime could be. Damages, he said, could be as much as $5,000.
West Virginia State Police had not yet been to the scene when the Daily News took pictures of the damage.
We hope to find the person who did this, Bell said.
We have families who come from all across the country to tend and decorate the graves of their loved ones, Lowe said. It is terrible that this should happen to them.
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