70+ grave markers vandalized in East Texas cemetery

Jail trusties and cemetery association members joined families in repairing the damage (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Jail trusties and cemetery association members joined families in repairing the damage (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Jail trusties and cemetery association members joined families in repairing the damage (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Jail trusties and cemetery association members joined families in repairing the damage (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Over 70 graves were vandalized (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Over 70 graves were vandalized (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Jail trusties and cemetery association members joined families in repairing the damage (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Jail trusties and cemetery association members joined families in repairing the damage (Source: KLTV News Staff)

WEAVER, TX (KLTV) - Hopkins County deputies and jail trusties spent hours Tuesday morning helping undo damage recently done to an East Texas cemetery.

Authorities got a call early Monday morning notifying them that vandals had tipped over more than seventy headstones at the Weaver Cemetery, east of Sulphur Springs.

"It's.... horrible. That somebody would desecrate so many families' loved ones like this," said Guy Hatch. Five generations of his family are buried at the cemetery.

Hatch isn't the only one whose roots run deep.

Mark Sustaire said, "There were just rows turned over, one after another. Got a lot of generations of families in certain locations where it took out all their headstones."

By Tuesday afternoon, all signs of vandalism were wiped clean. With shovels, brooms and backhoes, Hopkins County sheriff's deputies, jail trusties and the cemetery association members spent the morning turning grave markers right side up and repaired those that were broken.

"We're very appreciative of the sheriff's office, and the sheriff, and everyone who made things right," said Hatch.

If you know anything about the vandalism at Weaver Cemetery, you're asked to call the Hopkins County Crime Stoppers. They are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Several of the families are also offering their own $2,000 reward.

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