Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 10/8/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 10/8/2013 7:43 AM | Updates
Two local cemeteries were vandalized the past few days, leaving caretakers dismayed by the brazen lack of respect shown for those buried there.
Evidence of violent rampages are visible at both the All Saints Cemetery in West St. Paul and the St. Boniface Cemetery in Winnipeg.
The All Saints Cemetery, located at 4535 Main St., was vandalized sometime Friday night and is being investigated by East St. Paul RCMP, while the St. Boniface Cemetery, at 917 Archibald St., was hit last Wednesday and the case is being handled by the Winnipeg Police Service.
"Friday night, we had some vandals in here breaking mausoleum windows and statues and a bench," said Willie Korchynski, the caretaker at All Saints Cemetery. "It's really saddening that stuff like this has to happen. Especially when this is people's last resting spot."
He said the damage to about 10 monuments occurred late Friday and was discovered on Saturday.
Last Wednesday night at the St. Boniface Cemetery, vandals targeted the older area of the cemetery where about 25 monuments were vandalized, including some that were destroyed.
"It's in an older section right by Archibald. Some of them are very old. Crosses were cracked and broken and a lot of chips on the granite and they knocked a whole bunch down," said cemetery caretaker Michel Michaud.
"It's just frustrating. There's nothing a person can do. It's open 24 hours here -- the main entrance isn't locked."
One of the toppled monuments belonged to a First World War veteran who died in 1919. Michaud said most of the monuments in that area were from burials in the 1920s and '30s.
"There's going to be a lot of work (to repair the damage)," said Michaud, who had called in an assistant to begin the cleanup and repair Monday. "Some of the smaller monuments won't be too bad to fix, but some of the older ones were crooked already so it's going to be pretty difficult to level those (to put them back up)."
Korchynski said the All Saints Cemetery is an open area that can be accessed easily.
"They might have to consider doing something here to secure the cemetery a little bit more. But you wouldn't think, with this being a somewhat rural area cemetery, that it would be vandalized but I guess it is."
Korchynski said breaking the mausoleum windows was particularly puzzling.
"I don't know if they were trying to break in or if they were just vandals wrecking things. I don't know what goes on in their minds."
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 8, 2013 B1
Updated on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 7:43 AM CDT: Replaces photo, adds video
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