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Cleanup begins after Camm gravesite and dozens more vandalized

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- The cleanup began Monday morning at the southern Indiana cemetery where the graves of the Camm family and others were damaged.

Over 20 grave makers and at least five memorial benches were knocked to the ground at Kraft-Graceland Cemetery in New Albany over the weekend.

Cemetery staff said they believe the damage occurred around 11:30 Saturday night, based on neighbor reports. Police visited the site Sunday morning after receiving a complaint, but have yet to find the person responsible.

One of the gravesites that was damaged in the weekend vandalism is that of the Camm family. A bench that reads "The Camm-Lockhart family" was pushed over and the base broken.

Jenny Hupp visits her mother at the cemetery almost daily. She died of breast cancer just days short of her 50th birthday. "It will be ten years this year," she said. "This is a way that I can come out here and reflect and talk with her."

When she left the cemetery Saturday everything was beautiful, but when she returned Sunday she immediately noticed the damage. "I was shocked. My stomach was turning," she said. "We saw benches pulled over, and vases ripped out. It is just very sad."

Knocked over grave stones can be seen immediately upon entering the cemetery, and a quick lap around the property proves that the vandal or vandals did more than just a little damage.

"My father, grandfather, grandmother, uncle, and sister-in-law," Angela Spears lists off all the family members she has buried at the New Albany cemetery. None of her family gravesites fell victim to the vandalism, but she worries it could happen again. "They don't lock it, they used to. They stopped locking it, because people come in here and walk."

Management tells WDRB they are now re-considering that policy.

"I just hope that they realize the damage, and the hurt, and the sadness that they've caused these people," said Hupp.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the New Albany Police Department.

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