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Vandals Hit Cemetery

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Comanche, Ok_Vandals struck the cemetery in Comanche causing thousands of dollars in damages.

City manager Wilt Brown said he believes the vandals entered the cemetery Saturday night, and proceeded to hit the oldest part.  They pushed over and broke 42 headstones, some dating back 100 years.  

Many of the headstones in the Comanche Fairlawn Cemetery have stood the test of time and all types of weather, but they could not withstand the senseless act of vandalism.

"It's a hallowed ground. You don't mess with it, and I don't know why anyone would," Brown said.  "This is our heritage. This is the original cemetery right here. It is just unbelievable to me. I can't imagine that anyone would do something like that."

The damage was so bad that city officials were forced to close the cemetery temporarily so they could properly investigate the crime.  "They fingerprinted every headstone that had been pushed over, so we think that we have got something there we can use," Brown said.

City officials do not know who the vandals are but Brown said he will not stop looking for them until justice is served for the families affected.  Authorities have spoken to some parents and believe their tips will lead to the vandals.

In the meantime, the City will have to pay for the damages. Brown said the repairs could cost as much as $10,000.  "The cemetery is run off the special cemetery fund as well as our regular general budget, and it will knock a hole in it," Brown said.

Brown said for so many people in Comanche, the cemetery is a peaceful place to mourn the loss of their loved ones.  He said that is why the vandals' behavior will not be tolerated.

"We are going to find out who did this and they will pay. To me it is just unbelievable that people can do this sort of thing," Brown said.  To Brown's knowledge, the cemetery has never been vandalized before.

The city has stepped up security at the cemetery and is already working to repair the damage.  If you have any information about the case, contact the Comanche Police Chief at (580) 439-2211.


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