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Police said at least a dozen headstones were damaged. (Source: WAFF) Police said at least a dozen headstones were damaged. (Source: WAFF)
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ARAB, AL (WAFF) -  Community members in Arab are appalled at the desecration displayed at the city cemetery.

City officials said at least 12 headstones were damaged in some fashion – many knocked over from their bases. City employee Michael Parsons noticed the damage Monday morning while performing maintenance on the grounds.

Investigators said the person or persons responsible randomly damaged the markers as they walked. Many of the damaged gravestones belonged to children or infants. Workers believe that's because they were smaller and easier to destroy. Police believe juveniles are responsible, but with no video surveillance, the department is relying on tips from the community.

For one woman whose daughter’s marker was one of the ones vandalized, the pain hits doubly hard. Cindy Dudley’s daughter, Angel, was stillborn 24 years ago, after nearly a decade of trying to get pregnant.

“I got to carry her,” Dudley remembered. “It still hurts. Even thought it has been 24 years, it still hurts right around her birthday.”

Dudley, who said she has visited Angel’s grave every two weeks since her burial, is dismayed that a place where you come to pay your respects has been shown such disrespect.

She said she just hopes someone knows something and will do the right thing. 

Cemetery workers said this is the first major act of vandalism on the property. Anyone with information on the vandalism at the cemetery is asked to contact the Arab Police Department.

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