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Tombstones with swastikas in the Illinois Cemetery



Houses in a subdivision in neighboring Edwardsville, Illinois, were also ravaged with swastikas. The police suspect an adult man in both incidents. The Edwardsville police have released the suspect's surveillance video.

The gravestones were injected sometime between midnight and 7 o'clock on Saturday morning.

Vandalism is considered institutional vandalism and possibly hate crime, White said.

More than 1,300 veterans are buried at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon, and officials are working hard to clean it up before a Memorial Day event, CNN member KMOV said. Glen Carbon is located about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis.

The cemetery is not sectarian, according to the Sunset Hill website.

"To disobey the dead … I mean, it just is not right," said John Lake, who passed the cemetery on Saturday morning to see if family graves were willfully destroyed.
Last year, a wave of swastika vandalism was investigated by police in Chicago, Houston and New York City.

In Chicago, the windows of a synagogue were smashed and swastikas were put on the front door, and in New York, swastikas and Nazi slogans were scrawled in a subway car.


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