Apr 22, 2013 7:16 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
SAN DIEGO - Families spent hours cleaning up vandalism at a cemetery in San Diego. On Sunday relatives were shocked to discover that hundreds of headstones at the cemetery had been vandalized.
"That's a 17-year-old stone," said Ruben DeLaRosa as he looked at a family member's broken headstone.
Just two days after someone or a group of people vandalized hundreds of headstones, the families of those laid to rest at the cemetery are paying the price.
"You're talking about thousands of dollars," said Irene Dunne as she surveyed her damaged headstones.
Morticians estimate the vases beside the headstones can cost upwards of $350 and the marble headstones, even more.
Mark Cooper, Managing Partner at Seaside Rosehill Funeral Home in Corpus Christi said, "I'm going to say some of the marble they broke on television is going to be several thousand dollars."
Aside from the headstones that were broken, some were paying to have tractors lift up the heavy ones because they simply can't do it themselves. "The stone itself was really heavy and we can't do it," said Adelina Trigo.
"We tried to pick them up but you need special equipment," said Irene Dunne.
The service to lift the heavy stones also came at a price. Roben DeLaRosa said, "To upright them and glue them back together again it was $150 and they're charging different prices for different people."
Even though people said they had the money to pay for headstone repairs or replacements they chose to bind them with an adhesive instead because these treasures are priceless.
"You can't replace them," DeLaRosa said. "You can put another one but it won't be the same."
Although it's still money out of pocket, people say it's a necessary fix.
"We didn't need this expense," Trigo said, "but we didn't want to leave it like that either."
Investigators searched the grounds for clues and fingerprints in hopes they can piece together this senseless act but so far they haven't made any arrests. If you have any information about the cemetery vandalism you can call the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Office at (361) 668-0341; you can also call the San