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Dozens of headstones toppled in Fayetteville cemetery

Posted January 11, 2010

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— Thirty-three headstones were knocked over in a downtown cemetery last week, according to a Fayetteville police report.

The vandalism occurred last Tuesday at Cross Creek Cemetery No. 3, at the intersection of Ann and Lamon streets. There was no immediate estimate of damage.

The cemetery is across the street from Cross Creek Cemetery No. 1, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and includes graves dating to the 1700s.

In August 2006, more than 100 grave markers were damaged in all three Cross Creek cemeteries.


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  • Jan 12, 2010

    Stiffer penalties, education about History at the school level and penalties for parents that have destructive children that damage cemeteries, its time to stop the destruction of our Historic ancestors resting places.

    Teach Your Children Some Respect People. !!!

  • uteharrison Jan 11, 2010

    No Respect for the Dead! Graves going back to 1700 and are in
    basic English A B C and written. Very sad to say they disturbed
    the last resting place of the People "RIP".
    That's pass any High School Prank and why off low Respect towards Heritage.

  • footballrocks177 Jan 11, 2010

    People that do this have no conscience whatsoever. I hope they have to fix the gravestones and serve some other time. Community service should fit the crime.

  • bluebird1075 Jan 11, 2010

    The only thing lower than knocking over headstones is stealing things off of someone's grave. I hope they catch whoever did this and MAKE them pay for the cost to put them back just like they were and do some type of community service such as keeping the grass cut in this cemetary for a whole summer at least.

  • Seenenuff Jan 11, 2010

    Two years jail time plus community service at a cemetary, at a minimum.

  • burtward2 Jan 11, 2010

    Must be a democrat-- they are blamed for everything else that is wrong with this country.

  • Glass Half Full Jan 11, 2010

    The person charged the last time this happened at this cemetary was 27 years old. Considering the neighborhood around the cemetaries it's not at all surprising an adult was responsible.

  • JAT Jan 11, 2010

    This is just sad and pathetic. What kind of thrill can a kid get for knocking over a tombstone? And their parents will all swear that it wasn't their kid and that "he's a good kid". Yeah, right. Very sad...

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 11, 2010

    I know my kids didn't do it. I ALWAYS know where my kids are.

  • garnertoy Jan 11, 2010

    This is low and I hope they are caught soon and be made to pay pay to fix this and then make them work at the cementary for free.