San Diego Cemetery vandalized

More than 200 headstones were overturned at the San Diego Cemetery.
Many statues were broken.

Photo by KIII TV 3 News
In an unbelievable act of vandalism, more than 200 gravestones were toppled over or broken at the San Diego Cemetery during the night between Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21. According the the latest news accounts, San Diego police have no idea who may have perpetrated this crime and are asking residents to come forward and file complaints if damage was done to a loved one’s headstone.
One individual from Corpus Christi that went to San Diego to check on his family’s graves said that the damage was extensive and it appeared that the vandals had focused on graves along cemetery streets and on larger gravestones.
You can see an initial reports from KII TV 3 News and the Alice-Echo-News-Journal, as well as some photographs in the following links.

2 Comments on "San Diego Cemetery vandalized"

  1. Mr. Cardenas,

    Although I appreciate the update on the vandalism at the cemetary, I have to admit that I was very disappointed not to find your own personal story or commentary. I would very much appreciate your perspective on the impact, socially, emotionally, and financially, that this sort of act of disrespect has on a community as small as San Diego. The news is being reported. The story has not yet been told.

    Jo Anna Guerra
    San Diego, TX (now in San Francisco, CA)

  2. Thank you for the comment Jo Anna. I do plan to do something more reflective but for the time being I wanted to get the word out to the diaspora so that they could contact loved ones about their deceased relatives. I must tell you, however, that my days of "Telling It Like It Is" are-should I dare say-history. With age comes mellowing.

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