Loved Ones Sought After Cemetery Vandalism

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Two young teenagers have been arrested and charged with multiple crimes after they allegedly tore a local cemetery to pieces. It happened in the former slave cemetery just west of Quitman in the Elwood Community.

Authorities say grave sites were knocked over and the teenagers shot several of the headstones with a gun. The sheriff's department and the cemetery committee is now working to notify those people who have family buried on the property.

Many of the loved ones visiting the cemetery were at a loss of words when they tried to discuss the sadness they feel having seen the vandalism.

"I don't have words to say. It is hard to say what they would say, you know, but I just don't know how to tell you how I feel about it," said George McGee.

For many of the other dozens of people gathered by their loved ones grave sites, the emotions came flooding out.

"I don't care who it is. Normally people respect the dead. For them to do this it's just disgusting," said Raymond Heard.

The scenes were shocking to the family members. Grave stones were knocked over, shot with a gun and in some cases feces was wiped across the headstones.

"It makes you want to go somewhere and wonder what is going on in the world," said Heard.

Many of the family members say they can't believe someone would disrespect the dead in such a dramatic way. Even harder for the people is that two juveniles are accused of the crime.

"They have confessed. They will be charged with felony malicious mischief and cemetery desecration. They are juveniles and will be charged within the youth court system," said Clarke County Sheriff Todd Kemp.

Their names will not be released because of their ages. The sheriff says they were thirteen and fourteen.

Now, the cemetery committee has the huge task of finding relatives who would want to know their loved ones grave sites have been disturbed or even left impossible to identify. In some cases, the headstones were moved so far from the site that there is no marker identifying the plot. Considering many of the people were buried in the cemetery over a hundred years ago, the task could prove to be difficult.

"They will be fixed whether it's the people who did it pay for it or I pay for it. It will not stay like this. It will be fixed one way or another," said Heard.

If you have family buried at the Elwood Cemetery or you think it's possible family could be buried there call 601-776-6619.


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  • by LINDA BICKHAM(MCCANN) Location: NEW ORLEANS,LA on Jan 13, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    I JUST DONT KNOW WHERE TO START STAYING AT THE MOMENT.BUT WHEN I GOT A PHONE CALL FROM MY SISTER.TELLING ME ABOUT THE VANDALISH ON THE GRAVE YARD WHERE MY FATHER WAS LAID TO REST.WHERE THE EVIL THOUGHS THAT WAS GOIN THROUGH THE MIND OF YOUNG KIDS THAT DIDNT HA VE ANYTHING ELSE TO DO,BUT TO JUST GO AROUND AND DISTROYED SOMEONE REMAIN.THIS IS SO HARD FOR ME TO COME ABOUT AND SAY WHAT I WOULD LIKE FOR TO HAPPEN.BUT THROUGH THE GRACE OF GOD WHATEVER WILL TAKE PLACE IN JESUS NAME I WANT IT TO BE LEARN A LESSON FOR NOT ONLY THE KIDS THAT DID THIS TO SO MANY HURTING FAMILY. BUT TO THE PARENTS OF THE KIDS TO FEEL THE HURT AND PAIN WHAT SO MANY FAMILY HAD TO GO THROUGH.WHAT REALLY GOIN THROUGH A CHILD MIND TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS.WHAT IF IT WAS YOUR LOVE ONES THIS HAPPEN TO.HOW WOULD YOU BE FEELING RIGHT NOW.THIS IS SO HEARTLESS,AND HURTING TO ME AND MY FAMILY AND I REALYY THINK THAT THE KIDS SHOULD PAY FOR WHAT THEY DID TO NOT ONLY MY FAMILY BUT TO MANY HURTING FAMILY THIS HAPPEN TO R.I.P.DAD
  • by Michelle McCann Roberts Location: Quitman Ms on Jan 7, 2010 at 08:57 PM
    OK, EVERYBODY IS FREE TO VOICE THERE OPINION AND ITS EASY TO SIT ON THE SIDE LINE OR ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN!! BUT UNTIL U WALK IN THE FAMILY SHOES THAT HAS LOVE ONES BURRIED OUT THERE U CANT PASS JUDGEMENT ...EVERY ONE WHO HAS LOVE ONES BURRIED OUT THERE HAS EXPERIENCE HURT ALREADY ITS LIKE WE HAD TO RELIVE THAT ALL OVER AGAIN IT WAS UNCALL FOR IT WAS SENSELESS, HURTFUL AND DEGRATING AND VERY HEARTLESS TO US ALL IM NOT MAKING IT A BLACK/WHITE THING BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS!!! AND YES I FEEL THAT IF IT WAS SOME OF OUR "LITTLE BLACK BOYS" THERES NO TELLING WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPEN TO THEM!! I HAVE CHILDERN 3 AND I LOVE THEM I CANT EVEN SAY HOW I WOULD FEEL IF MINES HAD DID SOMETHING THIS BAD BUT I WILL SAY IF THEY HAD I WOULD WANT THEM TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THERE ACTION IT WOULD HURT BUT THERES CONSEQUENCES FOR EVERYTHING WE DO, WE CAN HIDE FROM MAN BUT NOT FROM GOD.. HOPEFULLY JUSTICE WILL PROVEL!!!!!NONE OF US IS PERFECT WE ALL HAVE DID THINGS WE ARE NOT PROUD OF, GOD BLESS US ALL!!
  • by Anonymous Location: KEMPER on Jan 7, 2010 at 02:54 PM
    OOOOOO SO THEY WERE WHITE BOYS..OO THEY PROBABLY WON'T BE GETTING NO TIME!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2010 at 08:00 AM
    oh brother.. ____ it every thing is always pulled in to race so ____ tired of it.. kids are kids they get into trouble some totally stupid...not always parents are at fault... kids see trash on tV you name it and then go try it ...as far as parents to pay for it no.. they are teens they should know better and pay the price fully..
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2010 at 07:56 PM
    This was IGNORANCE in action.
  • by Derrick Location: Quitman, MS on Jan 5, 2010 at 05:23 PM
    THIS DOES NOT MAKE NO SENCE WHUT DOES BOYS DID 2 ELWOOD COMMUNITY CEMETERY. WHAT MADE THEM DO THAT I DONT KNO BUT THEY SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT BOUT NOT DOIN' IT B4 THEY DID IT. THE WAY I SEE IT IS THT THEY SHOULD BE SPENDIN' SOME TIME BEHIND BARS OR SOMETHIN' BECAUSE IF A BLACK PERSON DID THIS HE WOULD BE PUT HOUSE ARREST HE WOULD BE BEHIND BARS QUICKLY. THA PARENTS ARE THE ONES TO BLAME WHO EVER SAID THEY AINT ALSO CAUSE IT WOULDNT HAPPENED IF THE BOYZ WERE BROUGHT UP RIGHT AND THEY WASNT BROUGHT UP RIGHT I GUESS. BUT THT DONT MATTER THEY STILL SHOULD HAVE SOME SENSE IN THEY HEAD 2 KNOW NOT 2 DO IT. IF SUMONE HAS SOMETHIN' 2 SAY ABOUT WHT I WROTE ON COMMENT FOR THIS I DONT CARE.
  • by Anonymouse Location: Quitman Ms on Jan 5, 2010 at 01:16 PM
    There has been a lot of families hurt by the act,my family for one my love ones is out there and it hurt me so bad to see what the boys did. My question is" WHY"there is no reason i can think of to make any one do such .Every one is saying dont make it a BLACK/WHITE thing well they did when they did this. There are more Cemetery in this Communty why pick this one,I fell they knew what they was doing If they had been some of our little BLACK boys they would still be lock up not on HOUSE ARREST, yes the parent are to blame and should have to pay for what there childrend has done. We have to face facts as parents for the up bring of our children where was the parents when this took place? I dont feel sorry for them the deserve what ever they get."If they get any thing" They shouldn get a easy ride they should get some time then maybe they want , want to do it again this is only the begining if they get away with this what elese will they do? Its sad that our love ones cant even rest..
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2010 at 07:00 AM
    smirks.. parents are 100% responsible over the child's actions.. morally and legally... but funny how all are bent on the fact they did this not any outrage when they let cattle loose a few years back and caused a few wrecks in one a driver was killed on 45.. Have to admit the south is messed up.. you see drivers that will cut off a emergency vehicle but locks up the brakes when a funeral procession goes by.. more care for superstition of the dead then care for the living...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    This is so sad.We have an epidemic of children who have no respect or concern for anyone."Disagree" is right about one thing, having the parents pay will not help the boys.It may "tick" the parents off at the boys and they get more stern but the only thing that will help these boys is for them to work it off in that cemetary, maybe meet some of the people who have loved ones there, not so the boys can be berated but so they can see the true hurt they have caused. After the immediate clean up is done, they need to work keeping up the cemetary to work off the cost of the repair/replacement of headstones, and as long as it takes. Actions have consequences is a lesson they have not learned.
  • by Disagree Location: Quitman on Jan 4, 2010 at 02:21 PM
    I disagree with some of you. Parents are not always the blame, you can raise your child right everyday but can't make decisions for them. I didn't do anything terrible like this but I chose to make my choices when I was younger even though my parents "raised me right." The kids, who are just barely a teen, need community service to rectify the situation. Making the parents pay don't do any justice to me.
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