Vandalized headstones repaired at Kirksville Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. —
In June, one Heartland cemetery fell victim to destruction.
Dozens of headstones were vandalized at Forest -Llewellyn Cemetery in Kirksville.
Now, about 72 stones have been repaired.
Kirksville Assistant City Manager Ashley Young says work began earlier this month.
He says although the city initially wanted a group of community citizens to help repair the headstones, it was safer to hire a contractor.
"The truth is, a lot of the stones were so large and so heavy, that while we were very appreciative of all the outpouring of support from the community and the volunteers that stepped forward to assist us, it was kind of dangerous for a nonprofessional to try and put some of these stones back up."
This historic cemetery dates back to 1845, and is a place where many of Kirksville's first settlers are buried.
The actions of the vandals left Kirksville city leaders and citizens disgusted and angered.
As a result, Young says he hopes community members will now come together to help out with maintenance and other clean-up projects at the cemetery.
He adds that the city is still looking for information related to the vandalism in June.
Young says you may even be eligible for a reward if your information leads to an arrest and conviction.
Those with information can report it anonymously and are asked to call:
- Kirksville Police Department (660) 785-6945
- Central Dispatch (660) 665-5621
- Kirksville Police Anonymous Tip Line (660) 627-BUST
- Anonymous Tip Line 1-800-78-CRIME
- or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you'd like to volunteer to help maintain the cemetery, you're asked to contact Ashley Young.