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Vandals hit another Wichita cemetery

WICHITA, Kansas - Raleigh Lackey spent Tuesday looking over the grave of his mother's ancestors shocked to find the otherwise sturdy grave marker, toppled at the Highland Cemetery in east Wichita.
 
"Would take a lot of heavy lifting to move this, more than you and I have," said Lackey. "You're seeking some sort of retribution. At least get it to the publics attention. Try to teach the kids some reverence or respect for history."
 
Raleigh says there are many other stones that have been toppled in the historic cemetery.
 
He wonders if the owners of the cemetery could do something about it.
 
HIghland is maintained by the City of Wichita and KSN reached out to the Wichita Parks and Recreation Department. They sent FOX Kansas News the following response:
 
"Unfortunately, the trust fund is set up for cemeteries and does not cover headstone or monument damages either through old age or vandalism, it is the responsibility of the families of the deceased to maintain these."
 
As for police, FOX Kansas News reached out and cops say they patrol the area. Police say they have not been getting reports of vandalism.
 
Still, they want the public to help if you see something.
 
"People are hanging around graves or going to several graves. Couple of things, let the managers know, but if they are not on site, go ahead and call 911," said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department.
 
As for Raleigh, he hopes the police do find the vandals so a message can be sent.
 
"I feel sorry for them, and I think it's sad that they have no clue what life is all about."
 
The city says there are no gates that are closed because it would be too costly to have someone go around to all the Wichita cemeteries and open and close gates every day.
 

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