Police Investigating Vandalism in Mathis Cemetery

A statue and several other headstones have been vandalized at a cemetery in Mathis. Police say it happened early Sunday morning.

Molly Moya could not believe her eyes. She has been beside herself with grief over the damage that was done to the Army statue that her family placed in honor of her late husband, Usbaldo Alvarado.

Moya was informed of the destruction over the phone by her son Jason.

"He says, 'You know what, Mom? Dad's statue that we put there is all messed up, and some other monuments are messed up,'" Moya said.

It was that same son, Jason, who found the statue in San Antonio a few years ago and brought it to the cemetery.

"And then he came, he poured the concrete and he bolted it down and stuff, you know," Moya said. "And he was real proud of it, you know, because that was his dad."

Moya said that Alvarado, her husband, served in the U.S. Army from 1963-65. He died of cancer in 2004.

Alvarado was born and raised in Mathis, and was buried next to his family members; but it is not just his statue that suffered damage. Several other headstones were also destroyed.

"And look at the other stones," Moya said. "That's not our family over there, but look at that. And down there, and over there, you know."

Moya said she is an understanding person, but she does want answers.

"I wish somebody, you know, whoever did it, would at least own up to it and say 'I'm sorry.' And maybe they can't afford to pay, but at least come forward, say 'I'm sorry,' or whatever happened," Moya said. "Accidents do happen, and if this was an accident or whatever, you know, I wish somebody would say, 'Hey, I'm responsible. I'm sorry,' or you know, 'Is there anything I can do,' you know?"

The Mathis Police Department is investigating, and they said the damage was done with a vehicle, which they describe as an older model Mustang. The crime is criminal mischief at a burial place, which is a state jail felony.


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