Re: St. Vladimir Cemetery vandals caught
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> Published in the Asbury Park Press 5/23/03with
> By A. SCOTT FERGUSON
> and JOSEPH SAPIA
> JACKSON -- Two township boys, 10 and 12, are to be charged today
> causing as much as $130,000 in damage at a Russian Orthodoxcemetery
> last week, police said.and
> Juvenile delinquency charges, based on the May 12 criminal mischief
> at St. Vladimir's Russian Orthodox Christian Cemetery on Route 571,
> are to be filed in state Superior Court's Family Division, said
> township police Detective Lt. John Siedler.
> Fourteen gravestones were destroyed while another 60 were damaged
> could possibly be repaired, said Martin Hrynick, cemeterypresident.
> Hrynick said a total replacementwould cost $110,000 to $125,000.Virgin
> Also damaged was a cemetery chapel, which honors Russian Cossacks,
> Ukrainians and Belorussians sent to Siberia in 1945. The chapel
> damage includes broken windows, a damaged icon of the Blessed
> inside and broken outside lights.cemetery
> The chapel damage was estimated at $2,500 to $3,000, said Nickolaj
> Lukinov, a Cossack who helps maintain the chapel.
> Police are investigating if there's a connection between the
> damage and the $2,000 damage done to the nearby St. VladimirMemorial
> Church on Perrineville Road at Route 571. The church and cemeteryare
> not affiliated.But
> Police declined to identify the boys -- and they probably would not
> be identified after charges are filed because they are juveniles.
> police said the boys and their families are aware of the pendingI
> The two boys live in the Cassville section, Siedler said, where the
> cemetery and church are located. The area is home to many people of
> Russian ancestry.
> Police believe the boys acted alone.
> "I'm glad it's been solved," Hrynick said. "I really don't know how
> feel about two silly kids doing something."who
> Beside hurting family and friends of the deceased, "it's probably
> going to hurt them for the rest of their lives," Hrynick said.
> Lukinov suggested a positive punishment for the vandals, something
> that would make them understand what the vandalism meant.
> "I think preventive medicine would be better because, as they get
> older, they may cause more damage for themselves," said Lukinov,
> lives in Warren, Somerset County. "Maybe next time, it will bethis
> something much bigger. Maybe they will be reminded you can't do
> and get away with it."activity
> Lukinov's wife, Lina, suggested holding the parents responsible.
> "It's the desecration of the chapel that bothers me more (than the
> cost to make repairs) because they did desecrate the interior,"
> Hrynick said.
> "It's a sad commentary on our time -- with all the positive
> they have, that we didn't have growing up, that they have to resortof
> to this," said the Rev. Philip Petrovsky, associate pastor of the
> church. He has family buried at the cemetery. "It indicates a lack
> direction in their lives. It was completely senseless. It just gotcemetery
> them in trouble.
> "The emotional pain these people had to go through with the
> is unbelievable," Petrovsky said.to
> The boys were not of the Russian Orthodox faith, but there appears
> be no bias intended, Siedler said. Instead, it appears to bea
> opportunistic vandalism, Siedler said.
> On May 12 at about 5:30 p.m., the two were riding bicycles on Route
> 571, also known as Cassville Road, and went into the 26-acre
> cemetery, where more than 7,000 are buried, Siedler said. They
> started vandalizing vigil candles and food offerings left on graves
> week earlier as part of the Russian Orthodox Easter tradition, hedoor
> Then, they moved on to the Cossack chapel, Siedler said.
> Sitting on a gravestone, they discovered it moved and realized they
> could knock it over, Siedler said. At this time, they tipped over
> several gravestones.
> Finally, they broke a door handle on the chapel and smashed the
> with a rock, Siedler said.no
> Police estimated the boys were in the cemetery two to 2 1/2 hours.
> Investigating the vandalism at the church led police to one of the
> boys, then to the second, Siedler said. The church damage included
> stolen lights, ripped-out "no trespassing" signs, and damage to a
> cross, steps and railing, Petrovsky said.
> At the cemetery, the cost of fixing the gravestones is the
> responsibility of the families or their insurers, if they have one.
> "Some of those stones are not going to be replaced because there's
> family left," Hrynick said.Road,
> The cemetery has established a fund to fix or replace grave markers
> in such cases, or for families that cannot afford repairs, Hrynick
> said. Contributions may be sent to the cemetery, 316 Cassville
> Jackson, 08527, telephone: (732) 928-1010.Europe,
> The cemetery, founded in 1939, is not simply "a local cemetery,"
> Hrynick said. Plot owners live in 38 states, plus Canada and
> Hrynick said.