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Grand Rapids graves defaced by graffiti

Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) - Graves where millionaires are buried in a Grand Rapids cemetery are now desecrated by a vandal's graffiti.

The spray paint was discovered Monday on a pair of tombs in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Investigators say it appears the vandal or vandals were taking a short cut through the cemetery and stopped a couple of times to spray some graves with paint.

The Clark family mausoleum has a lot of painted symbols on. Fifty yards further on, the Brown family pyramid has just a few symbols.

"I don't understand the need of people to do this," says cemetery historian Thomas Dilley. "I don't understand why they would come here to a site that is a memorial site
here great effort and great expense has been undertaken to create something beautiful and deface it in this way

In the past, Dilley said vandals who damage graves are sometimes captured because they can't help themselves from bragging about their crime.

Dilley says he hopes they post on social media so they can be captured, punished, and forced to pay for the cleanup.

This is sacred ground,
he says.
Anywhere people inter their families is sacred ground, and it needs to be respected.


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