Only on 19: Grave sites at Cleveland’s West Park Cemetery damaged by driver

Cemetery grounds torn up by driver

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Police were called to Cleveland-operated West Park Cemetery on the morning of New Year’s Day after a visitor noticed tire tracks had damaged the cemetery grounds.

“I was heartbroken to say the least,” said Adam Mitchell. “I felt physically ill.”

Mitchell told 19 News he traditionally visits his family’s gravesite to celebrate the New Year.

The tire tracks, which appear to have gone directly over some graves, span roughly 50 feet across one of the burial fields.

“This just makes me sick. Our fellow Clevelanders should do better,” Mitchell said as he stood near his grandmother’s grave, which was not damaged.

It’s unclear exactly when the unknown driver tore through the cemetery or what circumstances led to the incident.

The cemetery office was closed for the holiday and city officials weren’t available for comment.

“I hope the perpetrator, who I forgive, understands that what they did was wrong,” Mitchell concluded.

It’s unclear if police have identified any suspects.

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