Families Offer Award to Find Cemetery Vandals
The Marshall family is offering an award that leads to the arrest of a cemetery vandal.
Dianne and Paul Marshall are trying to put the hurt from their son's brutal death behind them, but vandals made that difficult for the Marshalls when they vandalized the stone of their son, Zackary Marshall.
"This morning we found out about the vandalism at the St. Stephens Cemetery," Dianne Marshall said. "Zack's stone was one of the stones that was vandalized."
Surrounded by family and friends, the Marshalls held a ceremony in May by their son's stone in St. Stephen's Cemetery.
The Marshalls would like to join the Burgess family, who are dealing with the toppled stone of their own son, Jeffery Burgess, in the effort to offer an award.
"We would also like to join efforts with him and double that for any information we can get leading to an arrest," Marshall said of the $250 award offered by the Burgess family.
The Marshalls said it is difficult for their family, including their daughter and her cousins, to enjoy the summer.
"As if they have not had to go through such a tragic loss, now that they are all learning another life lesson this morning that a stupid act, an act of sheer lack of any morals or values has once again caused us pain and suffering," Dianne Marshall said. "These, I am sure, are kids fooling around but they should have to face us and see our pain along with some good hard community work to keep them busy and repay restitution to us."
The vandalism comes just weeks after a North Attleboro teenager appeared in Attleboro District Court after being charged with vandalizing the newly cemented sidewalk in front of Central Congregational Church in Attleboro Falls and months after another Attleboro cemetery was the target of vandals.
Police recently reminded the community of the hefty fines that come with being charged with vandalism.