Posted: Apr 26, 2013 5:41 PM by Heather Jackson
Updated: Apr 26, 2013 6:46 PM
SAN DIEGO - "We couldn't comprehend why this would happen in a cemetery, in such a sacred place," Isaura Garza de la Cruz, a Garza Family member explains.
Every year in November, the four women who make up the Garza family, visit the cemetery to pay respects to their ancestors buried here; who date back to the 1800's
But after hearing about the vandals, this year they came early
"We worried that something had happened, but thank God everything is in place," Maria Luisa Uribe, a Garza Family Member explains.
Others weren't so lucky.
Today, the Neuces Monument Company and Southern Monuments came to fix them for free. A job that was started by men from the local prison on Wednesday.
"They lifted the monuments back on the bases. So what we are doing is adding adhesive and compound to the monuments to make it more sturdy, " Lloyd Estudillo, the Neuces Monument Manager says.
The workers said they would be able to reseal at least 15-20 stones a day...which is a good number because they said when they walked through the cemetery they saw over 100 stones removed.
"It is something we feel that we should do for the community, out of the goodness of our hearts," Estudillo explains.
Work that the Garza family says has earned them respect and more.
"Well may God bless them. They have earned some angels wings," a Garza family member says.
If you have a damaged stone at the San Diego Cemetery, contact Neuces Monument at 361-452-2366 for repair information.
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