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Decorations removed from graves, dumped in pile at local cemetery

BROWNSVILLE, Pa. — Piles of flags, flowers and sentimental pieces were found dumped in piles at a Fayette County cemetery.

People who have relatives buried at Lafayette Memorial Park in Brownsville are angry and upset.

Alberta Angelo, whose son is buried at the cemetery, was in tears after a picture she made when he died last year was ripped from his grave.

"I came out this morning and it was gone," she said. "It was thrown away for garbage."


More than a dozen people found sentimental pieces — flowers and flags — tossed from loved ones' graves and into heaping piles of trash.

Heather Richards’ son is buried at the cemetery. She visits every day and found workers trashing decor yesterday.

"It's very disrespectful and hurtful to think you chose this place to put your loved one and to come here and see how they're being treated," she said. "You can't find peace when your things are being ripped off graves and thrown in the trash."

A notice on the office door notes there was an annual spring cleanup being conducted. Upset families told Channel 11 they saw staff just taping it to the door Wednesday morning.

When there’s an annual spring cleanup, families say they’re notified by mail and given a deadline. But they say this time, there was no warning.

"With this, yesterday morning, everything was fine," Richards said. "When I came last evening, it was just piles of flowers and people's things.”

A spokesperson with Lafayette Memorial Park sent Channel 11 this statement: "We have fallen short of our standards. The matter is being addressed, and we want to reassure our families and the local community that we are committed to serving them and their loved ones."