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Posted on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 3:53 p.m.

Highland Cemetery urges people to contact police after headstones overturned

By Katrease Stafford


The grounds crew at Highland Cemetery is in the process of uprighting headstones and cleaning up trash.

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The grounds crew at Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti is in the process of uprighting 50 headstones that were vandalized over the weekend. The cemetery is urging anyone with information to contact the Ypsilanti Police Department.

In an update posted Thursday morning on its Facebook page, the cemetery, at 943 N. River St., wrote that several headstones were tipped over, however, there was no permanent damage to any marker that was disturbed.

"The grounds crew is now in the process of uprighting the markers and cleanup of the trash is complete," the post said. "If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Ypsilanti Police Department."

The cemetery's office manager told on Wednesday that trash was strewn across some of the headstones, but she did not provide information about the headstones being tipped over. The cemetery is notifying the families.

Multiple calls and emails to the cemetery and police department for more information were not returned.

Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for her at or 734-623-2548 and follow her on twitter.



Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 7:59 p.m.

Wow, completely disrespectful...*smh*


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 3:51 p.m.

Not sure what it is in Michigan, but in many other states, defacing gravesite/cemetary destruction is a felony.

calvin hooper

Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 2:13 p.m.

if the police find out who did this they should be publicaly whiped with a horse whip. this is the way our future leaders are being raised by their parents so sad


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 2:52 p.m.

yep, and after that spend at least 3 hours in the stocks.....


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 8:01 a.m.

Can we have the names on the over-turned gravestones? Perhaps there is a pattern here? Or were they just random over-turns? Inquiring minds should like to know . . .


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 3:50 a.m.

Wow, disturbing the dead. I would be afraid to sleep at night.


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 1:59 a.m.

why would someone do this? obviously have no respect...


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 9:39 p.m.

What kind of morons would be out in this weather to do something this stupid ? I hope they come down with the flu


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 2:51 p.m.

JUST the flu.......? how about bubonic plague or something equally unpleasant?


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 9:16 p.m.

This is just ignorant.