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Volunteers Help Clean Cemetery After Vandals Strike

Posted at 6:11 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 18:11:40-04

LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – People who live in a small community in Letcher County were angered to see a cemetery in town vandalized.

Dozens of grave markers were knocked over and now police are trying to find out who is responsible for the damage at the Thornton Cemetery.

A group of volunteers spent hours yesterday trying to clean up the mess.  Chris Sexton has several family members buried in the Thornton Cemetery. He calls himself lucky because his family wasn’t affected. Still, he feels frustrated for the people who were.

“We came up here and just gradually started one stone at a time, turning the stones up, setting them back up. People started showing up and you’d think it was Memorial Day,” Sexton told LEX 18.

Chris hopes to now enlist the help of his community to donate funds and invest it into fixing the stones the right way.

Call the Letcher County Sheriff’s office or Kentucky State Police with any tips on who might be responsible.