TAMAROA (WSIL) -- A local Perry County cemetery has been vandalized.
Recently, while visiting his brother at the Tamaroa Cemetery, a man came across the vandalism. Now a community is filled with outrage and disbelief.
"People don't like cemeteries and tombstones being damaged or destroyed even if they don't particularly know the family involved because it's a collective blow to the entire community as a whole," said cemetery president, Brian Morrow.
Morrow found 20 tombstones toppled and broken. It's the first time the cemetery has been vandalized.
"They'll have to be reset. And probably cemented or proxied to make sure that they're stable," he said.
The board of trustees is working to notify families and contact insurance.
Meanwhile, the Perry County Sheriff's Department is looking to find and prosecute the vandals, possibly with a felony. Morrow urges anyone with information to come forward.
"Some day they're going to have family in the cemetery," said Morrow. "If they don't have one, and how would they like this to happen to their family?"
A cleanup effort at the cemetery is already underway. A board meeting will be held in a couple weeks to determine what needs to be fixed.
If you have concerns or are looking to help, contact the cemetery directly.