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April 13, 2017

Up to 100 headstones damaged in Warrenton

A vandal or vandals overturned as many as 100 headstones in the historic Warrenton Cemetery Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Many of the stones broke when they hit the ground.

Town maintenance workers reported the damage just after 8 a.m. Thursday, according to the town police department.

Police used crime scene tape to block access to the cemetery and put out a request for public help in solving the crime. The graveyard, which dates to the 1700s, reopened at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

“The headstones that were damaged appear to have been selected randomly with no apparent correlation to each other,” Police Chief Louis Battle said in a press release. “At this time, the police department has no leads and is seeking the public’s assistance in solving this horrendous crime.”

The chief asked that anyone with information about the vandalism call Detective Brian Kie at 540-428-9587.
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Historylover · April 13, 2017 at 6:07 pm
Friends of the Cemetery and Friends of History

I spoke with Chief Battle of the Warrenton Town Police this afternoon. I asked what we can do.

At this time his detectives and those of Fauquier County are working to gather evidence and follow any leads as a result.

1. They ask that we not visit the site until their work is done.

2. Second I asked him about the repair of the stones, Does the Town have insurance. He indicated that the Town Council will need to hold a meeting to discuss this and how they will restore the tombstone.

He said we should hold off on any repair fund until the Town Council and Public works have had time to react.

3. Finally a few folks have offered to give towards a rearward fund for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the vandals. Hoping to encourage anyone with information to come forward. To this point he asked that we hold off on the offering, that this might be a last resort if all leads go cold.

I will be in contact with Chief Battle as information is available I will let you know. Let's let them do their job to bring these villains to justice.

Lorene Payne
Fauquier Family Cemetery Foundation, Inc.
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