THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) - Parishioners are heartbroken, after discovering severe vandalism at the historic church where their forebears are buried.
Norma Norris visits her grandparents' graves once a year, driving close to an hour to this nearly 100 year old church in Thomas County. But this visit was unlike any other.
"I've never seen anything like that, I've never seen anything done like that. And it was just upsetting," said Norris.
Vandals hit the Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist church, breaking windows, shattering light fixtures, and spray painting vulgar phrases on the pews.
"I just can't understand why someone would do something like that. It's unbelievable!" said Norris.
Norris says she also found beer bottles and other debris inside the church... She says the thousands of dollars it would take to repair the damage won't begin to make up for the emotional damage it has caused.
"I cried. My sister and I cried because my grandfather was in World War I and he's a veteran. He should be able to rest in peace."
Thomas County deputies hope someone will speak up regarding the senseless crime. "You're gaining nothing. It's absolute meanness, and destroying property," said Captain Steve Jones of the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.
If you have any information, call Thomas County Sheriff's office at 229-225-3300.