Half Dozen Graves Vandalized at Cemetery in Everett, Massachusetts

Authorities are searching for the person or party responsible for vandalizing about half a dozen graves within a 24-hour period at a Massachusetts cemetery.

Police said the vandalism took place late Monday or early Tuesday morning at Glenwood Cemetery in Everett, along the Fuller Street side. Pictures from the scene showed a few tombstones knocked to the ground.

"That's someone's family member, parent, grandparent, soldier," said Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria. "Why would you want to do something to others?"

A description of possible suspects was not immediately available.

Ann Petitti says she frequents the cemetery to visit her loved ones.

"This is my parents and two sisters and there's never been an issue or any problems at all," Petitti said pointing to the gravestone. "I thought people had a little more respect and I don't understand why anybody would do it. I don't."

The vandalism is the latest incident in which a cemetery was targeted. Earlier this month, a Dorchester man was arrested for vandalizing the Dorchester Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Boston. Also earlier this month, some toys were stolen from a child's grave site in Webster.

Everett officials said while fencing surrounds the Glenwood Cemetery, there are no surveillance cameras in the area. They might consider adding some.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Everett Police Department at 617-389-2120.

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