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Headstones vandalized at Longview cemetery

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Longview police discovered over 80 headstones were vandalized at a local cemetery Tuesday. Longview police discovered over 80 headstones were vandalized at a local cemetery Tuesday.
Longview police discovered over 80 headstones were vandalized at a local cemetery Tuesday. Longview police discovered over 80 headstones were vandalized at a local cemetery Tuesday.
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

Over 80 headstones were vandalized Tuesday at a Longview cemetery.

The discovery was made at the Greenwood Cemetery on Magrill Street in Longview, behind Good Shepherd Medical Center. Greenwood was the first cemetery established in Longview in 1877.

"It's really sad and senseless. I don't understand why things like this happen," says Greeenwood Cemetery Association President Gordon Northcutt.

Investigators say it appears the vandals broke into the cemetery on two separate days, damaging headstones, some weighing several hundred pounds, from front to back."Most specifically over the weekend, approximately 88 different headstones were damaged. Some of them were knocked over, some were moved some of them were actually broken," says Longview police officer Debra Stiles. "One estimate is a thousand dollars per headstone. That's a lot of families effected by this," Stiles added.

Though police say this crime is listed as criminal mischief state jail felony, this kind of vandalism has much deeper implications. "One of the things that will be hard to determine is if he pick up monuments and moved them and where they go back. Some history will be lost because we don't have absolute records of every plot. We may not be able to put it in the right place," Northcutt says.

Pioneers, and veterans from as far back as 1812 are buried here."What type of person can inflict this kind of damage on a very peaceful and historic place? It's not just vandalism against one family, it really effects the whole community," says Northcutt.

Police have no video surveillance, and no suspects at this time. Investigators are asking that if anyone has any information to call Longview police.

The cemetery association will keep the cemetery closed until further notice.

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