Visiting The Dead

... for people who love cemeteries.

UPDATE: Damage to NJ Cemetery

It didn't take long to find the little creeps.

From the Asbury Park Press:

Teens held in damage at New Brunswick cemetery
Four teenage boys were arrested Wednesday night in connection with the recent desecration of Poile Zedek Cemetery, authorities announced. The four teens, city residents aged 15 through 17, are suspected of toppling nearly 500 headstones in two waves of vandalism at the Joyce Kilmer Avenue burial ground used by two area synagogues.

... there is little to indicate that the juveniles specifically targeted the Jewish community, a joint press release from Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and city Police Deputy Director Anthony Caputo said.

Three of the juveniles, identified as being aged 15, 16 and 17, are suspected of pushing over 17 granite headstones around New Year's Day, according to investigators. The three are believed to have returned to the cemetery with a fourth person, aged 16, on Sunday and pushed over several hundred more headstones, at least one of which weighed over 4,000 pounds. About 60 of the monuments were fractured beyond repair.

The executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County, Gerrie Bamira ... said she was encouraged by the support, financial and otherwise, that has poured in this week. On Thursday, within hours of sending out fundraising e-mails locally, Bamira said, the federation received dozens of donations that will go toward the cemetery's restoration, where about 15 burials take place each year.

People can contribute to the fund by visiting
www.JewishMiddlesex.org.

-- Caspra

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