Boston Police report several memorials at Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan, including one dedicated to fallen Boston officers, were vandalized.
Other memorials that had some type of fluid poured on them include a memorial for fallen servicemen from the Civil War through World War II and Knights of Columbus and Mason memorials.
In a statement, Police Commissioner William Gross expressed his disgust:
How incredibly distasteful and disheartening it is to learn about the damage done to the memorials at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mattapan. Clearly, these memorials are meant to honor and show great respect to those, whether they be veterans or police officers, who spent a lifetime in dedicated service to our city and nation. I find it beyond reprehensible and wrong that anyone would think it okay to damage and desecrate such hallowed grounds. Clearly, we hope to quickly identify and hold accountable the person responsible for these misguided and hateful actions.
Anybody with information can contact detectives at 617-343-4712 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463).