Police at are investigating after more than a dozen headstones were vandalized at a cemetery that sits mere yards from the University of Connecticut dormitories.
About 15 headstones at the Storrs Cemetery were overturned or snapped right at the base, according to the cemetery association. All of them will need to be fixed, according to cemetery officials
Storrs Cemetery volunteer Rene Lizee said he couldn’t believe the destruction that is believed to have happened between Sunday night and Monday morning.
"Monday around noontime, I got a call from one of or memorial people, who install the stones here,” Lizee said.
Lizee estimates about $3,000 to fix what's been broken at the Storrs Cemetery. He said that doesn’t speak to the level of disappointment for the destruction of these graves in a cemetery dating back 150 years.
“Very disturbing, I mean this is a very sacred area,” Lizee said.
While the cemetery is surrounded UConn campus, it’s a separate entity. It can be easily accessed by anyone.
“We have a lot people from UCONN that are buried here. Staff, faculty l, coaches. Coach [Joe] Morrone will be buried here Saturday,” Lizee said.
UConn police are investigating, but have no indication whether it involved students. Police have increased patrols around the cemetery.
There have been other examples of vandalism in the cemetery. The Association said they hope that this incident is the last one.
Lizee has a message for the person or people who did this.
“You owe us an apology without any doubt,” he said.
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