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HICKORY, N.C. — Someone stole a skull from a Hickory grave site earlier this week, police said.

A city employee discovered the vandalism.

“They broke the face plate as they were prying it, that was marble,” Dave Dauler with Oakwood Cemetery told WCNC. “That was pure evil who did that.”

Dauler described the scene as “horrific.”

The mausoleum of James William Floyd, an 84-year-old decorated World War II veteran, was broken into, and his casket was left open.