It happened over Halloween weekend, but the vandalism at San Luis Cemetery was no prank. It was a despicable crime that defies understanding. Some of these headstones had stood for 150 years — weathering earthquakes, storms and other natural calamities — yet it took less than a single day for 15 monuments to be brought down by vandals. Five of the toppled headstones broke; cemetery staff was looking into whether they could be repaired.
We wonder, what sickos would do this? What was their motivation?
Have they never visited a cemetery to pay respects to a loved one? Is this the way they would want the graves of their own family members to be treated?
Granted, there is a spooky mythology surrounding cemeteries, but that’s pure fiction. In reality, cemeteries are havens where we honor and remember our loved ones. They also serve as a record for our communities, providing a wealth of data for historians and genealogists.
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Deliberately damaging headstones is deplorable, and we must make it clear that there will be no Halloween “pass” for such behavior.
If you have information about the vandalism at San Luis Cemetery, contact police investigators at 781-7312. Or, make an anonymous report to Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP.