CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Family members are reacting after the tombstones of their loved ones were vandalized. The incident occurred at Ball Hill Cemetery in Carroll County.
The cemetery is located just outside the town of Cutler. It's a small community where people did not expect anything like this to happen.
"Why would somebody do this,” asked Arlene Gangwer. Arlene and family members of those buried in Ball Hill Cemetery are in shock after dozens of tombstones were vandalized.
Investigators say vandals spray painted more than 40 tombstones. It occurred between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.
Arlene Gangwer and her son Dan have four generations of family buried at the cemetery. The two were devastated to hear that such a crime took place. "This is where we come when we want to be with the one we've loved all of our life,” said Arlene.
Dan recalls Monday when he first arrived to see the damage for himself. "It was bad. A lot of people from the community were here but I didn't see anybody that was mad about it. I saw a lot of hurt people,” said Dan.
Tombstones were tagged in blue and white paint spanning a section of the cemetery. Several others were knocked off their bases. One tombstone was even cracked into several pieces. That tombstone marked the grave of a newborn child - a part of the Gangwer family. "That baby never got a chance to live and they broke his stone in many, many pieces. And I don't know if any of us will ever get over that,” said Arlene Gangwer.
Despite the crime, the family believes the community's response shows pride. "Everybody was helping. There are very few places you can get that every person comes in and says, “What can I do to help?”” said Dan Gangwer.
If you have any information, you are asked to call Burlington Town Hall at 765-566-3672.