Boston police are investigating ‘misguided and hateful’ vandalism at Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan

“I find it beyond reprehensible and wrong that anyone would think it OK to damage and desecrate such hallowed grounds,” William Gross said.

Mount Hope Cemetery vandalism.
A memorial for fallen Boston police officers was one of those vandalized. –Boston police

Boston police are asking for the public’s help after several memorials at Mattapan’s Mount Hope Cemetery were vandalized.

The damage to the memorials, which includes the Boston Police Relief Association Memorial dedicated to fallen officers, was reported Tuesday, police said.

Commissioner William Gross called the vandalism “incredibly distasteful and disheartening.”

“Clearly, these memorials are meant to honor and show great respect to those, whether they be veterans or police officers, who spent a lifetime in dedicated service to our city and nation,” Gross said in a statement. “I find it beyond reprehensible and wrong that anyone would think it OK to damage and desecrate such hallowed grounds. Clearly, we hope to quickly identify and hold accountable the person responsible for these misguided and hateful actions.”

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According to WBZ, the other memorials damaged were the Old Fellows Memorial, the memorial for World War I, and the Army Navy Memorial.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 617-343-4712 or anonymously through the department’s tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS.

The incident follows vandalism of South Boston’s World War II memorial earlier this week.

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