A cleanup effort for in the works after 3News reported that the local Historical Commission did not have volunteers to help clean up the recent vandalism at the New Bayview Cemetery.
The damage was fairly extensive, with several gravestones toppled over in an apparent act of vandalism. The Historical Commission said they do not have the volunteers to fix it up, and loved ones of those buried at the cemetery have long since passed away.
New Bayview Cemetery is not the only cemetery with damage. Old Bayview, by the I-37 access road, is also in need of fixing up.
A concerned citizen named Bob Duggan is stepping up to help out. He was at the Old Bayview Cemetery on Tuesday, where several gravestones have been knocked over as well. Duggan is getting an effort together to clean up and fix both cemeteries.
He contacted a company by the name of Butler Rental & Sales, which has the manpower and the equipment to put those gravestones back in place, and they agreed to help.
"I saw the news report said it was vandalized. Couldn't believe it. A historical one at that," Duggan said. "And the fact there was no money, no manpower, didn't look like anything would happen; that's when I decided to find a few friends and see if we could get something going."
"I'm just looking at them, 300-400 pounds," said Michael Mata of Butler Rental & Sales. "We have machines that we can bring out here. We have fork lifts. Make a difference here lifting some of these objects up."
It could take several days to do the job. Duggan said he is waiting on a response from the City and Historical Commission to see exactly what they can legally do to clean it up.
So far, there have been no arrests for the vandalism. If you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-8477.
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