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Vandals desecrate historic graveyard

Hamilton’s oldest cemetery was the victim of vandalism over Easter Weekend.

'They are damaging part of the community and part of our family'

Hamilton's oldest cemetery was the victim of vandalism over Easter Weekend.

Several stones, monuments and markers in areas hidden from view from the road were knocked over and some were completely broken off.

"It's sad and senseless. I don't think they realize that these are heritage stones," said Hamilton Cemetery Superintendent Crystabelle Fobler. "They are damaging part of the community and part of our family."

Fobler said both she and her staff took the act of vandalism personally. "We are entrusted to be the guardians of family and community heritage. When it happens, it's out of your control and you're not sure what to do," she said.

She said around 30 to 35 monuments and stones were damaged — most of which can be reset — but some have to be completely restored.

"Damages can have an emotional impact on the family members," said Fobler. "In the end, repairs need to be done, and it's the municipal taxpayers that incur the damage costs."

Cemetery staff are working with police to try and sort out damage costs and public to prevent this from this happening again.    

Hamilton police did not respond to requests for comment on the investigation.

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