Vandals smash more than 20 headstones at Grayson County cemetery
Tucked away along Free Zion Church Road in Caneyville, Oller Cemetery is the final resting place for dozens of people spanning countless generations.
GRAYSON COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Tucked away along Free Zion Church Road in Caneyville, Oller Cemetery is the final resting place for dozens of people spanning countless generations.
"I consider this God’s country," said David Coon, whose brother is among those buried at the cemetery. "Beautiful little cemetery sitting in the middle of nowhere. It’s just breathtaking."
On Sunday morning, the Grayson County cemetery was hit by vandals. More than 20 headstones were kicked, flipped and smashed. Beer bottles were broken over them, and arrangements were torn up.
Among the stones destroyed was the oldest one in the cemetery from the year 1818.
"Our families worked hard to put these stones here, then lay our family to rest, and then this happens," Coon said.
The headstone of Coon’s brother was knocked over, while the grave of Tonia Wrenn’s father had visible footprints from where someone tried to kick it over.
"You never expect this kind of thing to happen," Wrenn said. "Not only did they destroy property, but they hurt people as well."
Kentucky State Police is handling the investigation. According to troopers, this appears to be the work of children.
"If they’re this cruel and heartless, I can only imagine what their future holds," Wrenn said.
The extensive damage to the cemetery is estimated to cost thousands of dollars to fix. It’s money that Coon and Wrenn say they will have to pay. But they also say it’s about much more than money.
"We would just like to see the cemetery put back together so the families can come back up here and visit the graves of their loved ones," Wrenn said.
Coon and Wren say investigators have identified two children responsible, but KSP will only say charges against the young vandals are "pending."
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