NC men accused of vandalizing nearly 50 graves

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Joshua Aaron Kimray, 23, of Gastonia, and Michael Dennis Fitzgibbons, 25, of Bessemer City (left to right)

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — Two North Carolina men are accused of vandalizing nearly 50 graves on two separate occasions in Gaston County, leaving tombstones knocked across the cemetery.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Joshua Aaron Kimray, 23, of Gastonia, and Michael Dennis Fitzgibbons, 25, of Bessemer City, allegedly caused more than $6,000 worth of damage to the Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery on July 18 and Aug. 11.

Police said seven graves were desecrated and tombstones had been overturned and spray-painted in the July case and 42 more graves were reportedly desecrated a couple weeks later.

Police said on Friday that both suspects have been charged with felony desecration of a grave and charges of first-degree burglary and felony larceny. WSOC reported that the suspects are being held under a $1 million bond.

Authorities said a third suspect was involved in the Aug. 11 case, but his name will not be released since he is a juvenile.

Source: The Charlotte Observer.