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Posted on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 1:22 p.m.

50 headstones vandalized at Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti

By Katrease Stafford


Police say 50 headstones were damaged sometime over the weekend at Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti.

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Fifty headstones were vandalized over the weekend at Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti.

An employee from the cemetery, at 943 N. River St., said the damage is not permanent, but trash was strewn across some of the headstones. The cemetery is in the process of notifying the families.

The Ypsilanti Police Department said no further information was available about the incident.

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ypsi 1

Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 1:57 p.m.

Please Katrice: a little more information. Highland is a remarkably beautiful cemetary with an awesome layout and 19th century memorials.


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 12:43 p.m.

I question the accuracy of the headline and the article's value as "news". Higher journalistic standards available to this public????!


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 3:57 a.m.

I love that cemetery. I have relatives buried there. I am so saddened because I love just walking through there from time to time. Hope they get caught soon, very soon.


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 9:49 p.m.

These people desecrated the resting spot of 50 people, what does it matter if it was litter or vandalism, neither one is right. Most likely teenagers who have yet to come to terms with the fact they are not immortal.


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 1:24 a.m.

As a teen we never were in the after school stuff, yuck, we wanted out of there. Still we had respect for the dead. Maybe cause we knew we be dead one day. Today kids are kept in the dark about too many things and are told no matter what you are loved and will be successful and all that other rosy stuff

music to my ear

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 11:25 p.m.

or too much time on their hands .if young adults.they should have been at football or dance practice dont leave young adults to "find something to do" because see what can happen.


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 9:39 p.m.

No respect. Sad what some people think is funny these days.


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 8:59 p.m.

What type of person would do this ? Sick


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 9:10 p.m.

@brian - Caretakers are allowed to sleep, you know.


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 3:59 a.m.

Welcome to todays world where people don't care. I just wonder how it happened when the caretaker of the cemetery lives on the property.

ms 2013

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 8:06 p.m.

i sure hope they catch who ever is doing this


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:50 p.m.

Whoever is responsible for this better hope the dead dont rise.

tom swift jr.

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:43 p.m.

I'm confused too. Vandalize means "to destroy or damage (something) by an act of vandalism". The story states "but trash was strewn across some of the headstones" Littering is a whole different event. Could the writer of this peace provide further information as to how they are using the word and what exactly happened?

Homeland Conspiracy

Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 3:53 a.m.

peace or piece


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 9:01 p.m.

Well the police always overcharge and let the courts figure it out Its still an un call for event--they need help

Katrease Stafford

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 8:03 p.m.

Police could not describe the extent of the damage and beyond what the cemetery worker described, they would not release any further information.

tom swift jr.

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:58 p.m.

So, was property destroyed? Or was it littering?

Katrease Stafford

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:46 p.m.

The terminology was used because police characterized it as malicious destruction of property.


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:18 p.m.

I'm curious; was the vandalism more serious than just trash being spread around? As bad as that is, it's quite different than actually damaging the headstones.


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:12 p.m.