Headstones damaged, moved at local cemetery

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Updated: 6/18 11:23 pm

TROY, N.Y. – Several headstones were found toppled over at a local cemetery.

Troy Police Captain Daniel DeWolf said several headstones at St. John’s Cemetery on Cemetery Road in Troy were toppled over. The knocked over stones were first noticed by resident Michael Deviddio when he was visiting his grandfather’s gravesite on Father’s Day.

“I come down here all the time visiting my mother and father and family,” he said. “It makes me angry. This is my family’s plot.”

Although Deviddio’s father’s and grandfather’s headstones went untouched, he said the stones were clearly tampered with.

“Some of the newer ones; there’s no reason they should be toppled,” he said. “I knew someone must have been pushing them over.”

Deviddeo got Troy City Councilman Jim Gordon and police involved.

Gordon said approximately 15 headstones were either toppled over, moved or damaged. And DeWolf said many of the damaged stones were toward the back of the cemetery near a bike path.  

“There’s probably somewhere around 15 or so, maybe a little bit more, headstones that have no reason to be toppled over other than someone desecrating the graves,” Gordon said.

Gordon said the vandalism was done recently because of the lack of discoloration along the areas where the stones were damaged.

“Personally, I think it’s one of the lowest things a human being could do,” he said.

In addition, putting the stones back on their foundations is the family’s responsibility.

“Have you seen the price of these monuments,” Deviddeo said. “I can’t believe how much they are.”

Deviddio wants those responsible to be more respectful.

“Please start having some respect for the people that are dead,” he said. “It’s a burial ground.”

DeWolf said police will be increasing patrols around the cemetery, but they also want visitors to be vigilant of anything suspicious they might see.

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