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Dozens of headstones damaged at cemetery in Dearborn

37 headstones damaged at Northview Cemetery

DEARBORN, Mich. – Dozens of headstones were topped and damaged Monday night at a cemetery in Dearborn, authorities said.

The headstones were damaged at the Northview Cemetery near Outer Drive and Military Road. The cemetery is historic and important to many people who are upset about what happened.

"It's very upsetting," Joy Clem said. "Very upsetting."

Clem was at the cemetery Wednesday to check on her husband's headstone after learning that 37 had been vandalized.

"I can't understand why kids or whoever would have done this," Clem said.

The cemetery is the resting place of "A-Team" actor George Peppard and the loved ones of many families.

"I came in yesterday morning, and 37 stones (were) down," cemetery superintendent Jim Toms said.

The cemetery has been in Toms' family for decades. He has made sure the cemetery is in top shape every day for 31 years, but he was disturbed when someone crashed through the cemetery Monday night and pushed over dozens of headstones.

He said it has been a painstaking job to put the stones back in their proper places.


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