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Memorial Bricks Damaged at Maple Grove Arboretum

An unknown person spray-painted several bricks. The damage happened shortly before the May 5 Walk to Remember.

The night before a community event was planned to honor those that have passed on, an unknown individual(s) damaged the memorial bricks at the base of the Angel of Hope statue at the Maple Grove .

The damage consisted of a gold number 12 spray painted on the Memorial Paver bricks, according to the Maple Grove Police Department and was reported May 5.

“This was horrible at any time-- but of course- we were all there on Saturday to honor our loved ones at the ,” Sarah Kerbeshian, a member of the Friends of the Angel organization, wrote in an email to Patch.

The incident was reported to the when it was discovered on May 5. Police were contacted and a report taken, according to a representative at the police department, there are currently no suspects.

“This is a sacred place for bereaved families…so horrible and heartless to do this on the bricks at the Angel of Hope,” Kerbeshian wrote in her email. “Some families only have this as their place to come grieve the loss of their child/loved one. For someone to do this-- it is so deeply hurtful and disrespectful.”

Anyone with information about the incident can contact the Maple Grove Police Department at 763-494-6100. The damage has since been removed.

Olene Bigelow May 15, 2012 at 10:37 PM
This "prank" is, unfortunately, probably the act of a young person(s) who hasn't yet developed the maturity required to understand the consequences of their actions, Or, it is someone who would like to frame the class of 2012 for this dispicable act. OR, it is a vindictive, hateful, slimy vandal who should be tracked down and punished. Certainly, it is someone who learned well how to form highly legible and perfectlly proportioned numbers, even at that super-sized scale. Look for someone who got an "A" in penmanship.
Joe May 16, 2012 at 06:28 PM
You have got to be kidding me. Even if a person is in high school, they should realize that defacing a memorial is wrong. Hope they catch the person(s) and make them pay to have the bricks restored.
Crystal Imre May 22, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Whatever "motive" this individual or group of individuals had for doing this makes no difference. It was a thoughtless and hurtful act. The memorial pavers hold the names of children who are no longer with us. Many of those children didn't get to live long enough to become part of a " senior prank". For others, our lives have already been torn apart from crimes committed by someone else. What may have seemed like a "prank" to you was in fact another slap in the face to crime victims and grieving families.

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