Nearly 90-percent of the headstones at the New Bayview Cemetery in the Hillcrest community have been knocked over or broken in an apparent act of vandalism.
The damage was discovered by members of our local Historical Commission, who were appalled at the find.
Kiii News Reporter Michael Gibson went Live from the cemetery with the details.
It now looks as if somebody drove through the cemetery and took out nearly every single headstone there.
Karen Howden, a retired history teacher and member of the Nueces County Historical Commission, said that people have been buried there in the late 1800s -- some of whom were men like Edward Oliver, a veteran in a number of wars, including the Seminole Indian War and the Civil War.
Oliver was also a Texas Ranger, and just one of a number of the city's founding fathers buried in that cemetery, whose headstones were knocked to the ground over the past two years.
When Howden noticed the vandalism she made a police report, and now plans on going to the City. She wants them to protect those historical grounds.
"People ask me all the time why they do this, and I don't know why," Howden said. "Is it to show their manhood, how strong they are?"
Howden says that the City Parks Department is in charge of the cemetery, and that's where she is going to for help.
The cemetery was designated as a historic site by the state, and a sign was supposed to go up there -- there is no sign. Howden then wants to try and get lights put in at the cemetery, as well as a fence. Then, they will try and work on getting the headstones righted.
For now, though, Howden is charging that the cemetery has and is being neglected, and points to all the headstones lying on the ground, many in pieces, as proof.
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