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Jesus statue toppled at Wayne County cemetery

Posted March 16, 2010

— Vandals knocked over and smashed a marble statue of Jesus in a Wayne County cemetery during the weekend, authorities said Tuesday.

The vandalism occurred late Saturday or early Sunday and was discovered by a cemetery worker, said Elliott Futrell, a co-owner of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, 3888 U.S. Highway 70.

Futrell said the Italian marble statue was put in place when the cemetery opened in 1963. It was valued at more than $20,000.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.


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  • fugitive guy Mar 16, 2010

    Off with their heads!

  • gotsomesense Mar 16, 2010

    I tell you, with all that's happening in Wayne County, I'm about ready to leave and move somewhere else...

  • Adelinthe Mar 16, 2010

    The truth though is, people (mostly bored kids) have been desicrating cemeteries for decades, probably longer.

    Their parents didn't teach 'em right, in my opinion.

    God bless.


  • shadowwolf Mar 16, 2010

    This isn't about religion or Jesus. This is about total disrespect for the dead as well as someone else's property. The culprit, once proven guilty, should pay this money back and have to work funerals for a proper amount of time. Since he is probably too old to be whipped (out late at night), he should learn to accept the responsibilities of his...or her...actions.

  • Adelinthe Mar 16, 2010

    "do you really and honestly think God cares about a broken statue?"

    That's not what matters.

    What matters is that it was worth $20,000 and didn't belong to them.

    That's a very serious matter then, in my opinion.

    If these same hoodlums had come into your yard and destroyed, say, your $20,000 automobile, how would you feel?

    God bless.


  • balog Mar 16, 2010

    holmesap - please tell me you aren't serious. do you really and honestly think God cares about a broken statue?

  • tatermommy52 Mar 16, 2010

    You know thats wrote down somewhere....

  • pattip574 Mar 16, 2010

    This was a 47 year old marble statue, imported from Italy that happened to be in the image of Jesus, valued then at $20,000. I believe it is safe to say it is irreplaceable. No, the vandals did not break "God", but they did destroy something that cannot be replaced. Sure, one can buy another statue, but it won't be THAT statue. It is unlikely this was an accident, or it very well could have fallen over long before now, sometime in the past 47 years that it has been sitting there. This was obviously a deliberate act, committed by someone or multiple someones who simply have no respect for the property or religion of others. I hope they are caught and made to make restitution to replace a new statue, imported from Italy, in the image of Jesus at today's value!

  • burnhace Mar 16, 2010

    If they had known how much it was worth, they might have stolen it outright.

  • manofjustice Mar 16, 2010

    I don't know the whole complete story behind this so I am not going to make any assumptions. There may be a perfectly innocent reason this happened. Could be vandals or could be an accident. This statue was not as someone pointed out Jesus but a mockery of him. Stop making idol images of Him that he does not admire. The truth of this matter will come to light. The statue was built on love and honor of a deceased loved one, let's keep that in mind and not the materialistic aspects of it. We can build another statue but we can't raise a soul. Let us pray.