Volunteers restore vandalized Bruce Township cemetery

Vandalism at Goodrich Cemetery disgusted many people in community

By Will Jones - Reporter

BRUCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The vandalism at Goodrich Cemetery in Bruce Township last month really disgusted many people in this community.

There's a lot of history there, history the community wants to preserve.

Saturday volunteers came from all over to restore pieces of history that vandals worked so hard to destroy.
"We were heard about this. They told us they needed some help. We were excited to come, anything to give back," said volunteer Adam Davis.

Davis and his Romeo High School football team were among dozens of volunteers helping with the clean up.

"If these were my relatives, it's a terrible thing. If feels good ordering the peace in here," Davis said.

Bill Bristol has relatives buried in this cemetery. He discovered the broken headstones last month.

There has been vandalism here before but nothing quite like this. The cemetery is home to so much history.

It's the final resting place for some veterans of the Civil War. Bristol wonders why anyone would target a cemetery, "It's not necessary. It's just not necessary," he said.

The people responsible for this destruction remain on the run. And they may be hard to track down.
"They are still out there and it's hard to go get prints off of things like this. That would be a tough crime to solve," said Bruce Township Supervisor Richard Cory.

If vandals strike here again, they will be captured on surveillance video after security cameras are installed.

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