Families upset by Fayetteville cemetery damage

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FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) — Families who have loved ones buried at a cemetery in Fayetteville are upset about damage left behind by workers who used heavy equipment to dig graves.

According to WTVD, big swatches of grass are now mud pits, and many grave markers have been pushed down into the ground at Cross Creek Number Five Cemetery.

Relatives say the damage, buried headstones, overturned flowers, and damaged or missing markers was caused by careless grave diggers.

“It’s not just my loved ones. There are other graves out here,” said Carolyn Boone, whose relative is buried in the cemetery. “Why would you come and destroy it. You know, let them lay in peace.”

One worker said trucks and other burial equipment can cause damage, but the workers are suppose to clean it up.

“It should not be left like this,” said Bobby Hayes. “If you take pride in what you do, it should be like this. You take consideration of other peoples’ graves.”

A spokesman for the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation Department said the recent snowy weather backed up some funerals, and made the ground soggy, which caused the ground to become muddy and marred. They say they are making repairs.

Relatives say they want a promise that this won’t happened again.

Source: WTVD

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