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Vandals damage, destroy graves in Cairo

Lt. Wayne Redden with Cairo Police said he's never seen anything like it. Lt. Wayne Redden with Cairo Police said he's never seen anything like it.
CAIRO, GA (WALB) -  City officials must work through the tough task of notifying family members that their relatives' grave sites in the old Cairo Cemetery have been vandalized.

City employees reported the damage last week. Police are trying to identify the vandals.

Lt. Wayne Redden said he's never seen anything like it.

"I've been here 14 years working with the police department and this is the only time, this is the only time that I can remember that someone actually damaged a grave site," said Redden.

Due to the extensive damage, the city is having to use maps to go through and determine who is buried at the sites.

The old cemetery is located close to a busy roadway and police hope that someone may have seen something.

"Hopefully someone in the public may have saw something, that walks through at night."

Redden says it's clear the damage was intentional.

"It wasn't an accident because you can tell some of them we're just pushed over. They are too heavy for anything to have accidentally run into them and knocked them over," he said.

About 10 grave sites we're damaged. Some were old and others were new. Redden believes there is hope for some of the sites, but he says he is disgusted with the vandals' actions.

"They broke the concrete and marble slab that covers the top where the person is actually buried at," Redden explained.

While the cracked slabs and headstones can be replaced, police want to remove the vandals from the streets in order to keep crimes like this from happening.

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