Vandals wreaked havoc in a historic Waco cemetery over the weekend and now police are asking for the public's help to catch those who did it.
The damage made to memorials at the Oakwood Cemetery add up to nearly $200,000. And even a former Texas governor's grave was vandalized. Richard Coke was the Governor of Texas from 1874 to 1895. He lived in Waco and was buried at Oakwood Cemetery and on Friday his memorial was no match for the vandals who broke in. His was just one of the many memorials that were damaged, upsetting those who love the property.
"For me to see her hands it's just disgusting," says Sheena Hamby, about her favorite statue at the Oakwood Cemetery. She visits her father, but always stops by the angel. "I've taken pictures of her before and to just see what's happened to her, it's a disgrace," says Hamby.
It's only one of the dozens of memorials vandalized. Some were knocked over, but one very special tomb appears to have been bashed by a crowbar or bat. It was General Richard Coke's memorial. He was the 15th Governor of Texas. His statue sits up high but two marble heads that represent his sons weren't high enough.
David Evans is the cemetery's superintendent. He could hardly stand the sight of this vandalized cemetery. "I think they have no morals and one of the things I told one of my employees is that they're cowards, to sneak into a cemetery at night and do that kind of damage," says Evans.
Sheena is glad it wasn't her father's memorial, but she still wants justice for those affected. "I hope they punish them. Give them some kind of jail time or have them come out here and do something to replace what they broke. They need to pay for what they did," says Hamby.
The cemetery has gotten hundreds of calls about this from all across the state, since the 135 year old cemetery has 36,000 people buried there.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Waco Police Department.