88 headstones vandalized at local cemetery

Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 10:41am

UPDATED: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:41am

The Longview Police Department is investigating vandalism at a local cemetery.

On Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.., Longview Police were dispatched to a criminal mischief call at Greenwood Cemetery located at 705 Magrill. When officers arrived, they discovered approximately 88 headstones had been vandalized. Some of the headstones had been moved, knocked over and broken. Gates were broken and opened to access headstones that were enclosed. Even headstones marked as official historical markers-- like those of  Longview founding father O.H. Methvin and members of the Meredith Family, who served in Gregg County law enforcement in the early '20's-- were knocked over and damaged. 

Longview Police Officer Debra Stiles says the damage is extensive.

"88 different headstones, that's a lot of different headstones..that's a lot of different families who now have their memorials damaged of their loved ones that they've lost. So,that really affects a lot of different people. Cost wise, the price could be up to $1,000 per headstone..or even more than that." 

The motive for this crime is unknown at this time and a suspect has not been identified.

If anyone has information on this case they are asked to contact Longview Police Department at 903-237-1199. If the tipster wishes to remain anonymous they can contact Gregg County Crimestoppers at 903-236-7867.

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In my opinion there is only one form of life lower than a person who destroys a grave yard and that is a child molester. I pray these vandals are caught and given the most severe form of punishment allowed. What a disgrace to society. What form of enjoyment could anyone get from such an act?

Seems that this type of cruelty without any thought of those who will be hurt happens about the time of high school graduation...would bet the farm that young males, fresh out of the grind of school, did this as a prank and have no earthly idea that they have not only desecrated sacred final resting places, but have also committed acts of criminal vandalism...hopefully, they will be caught, made to restore what they've broken, forced to apologize, and will NEVER forget what they did...shameful!

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