The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 1, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Sunday, June 1, 2014

Loved ones should be allowed peaceful rest

When someone dies, it is said they rest in peace. Unfortunately, that was not the case when someone disturbed several gravesites at the Pax Community Cemetery recently. One grave was shoveled out a few feet deep and two nearby sites were tampered with as well.

When I heard about it on the news, I was shocked. My family is buried there and I was concerned enough to go and check on my loved ones. Several people were already there when I arrived.

The ones I talked to couldn’t believe something like this could happen. What has this  world come to when not even the dead have a modicum of respect? I know the families of the deceased. They are good folks. It’s hard enough to lose someone you love but this despicable act adds insult to injury. And this happened just a few days before Memorial Day.

After much thought I decided that whoever did this could not possibly be in their right mind. No rational person could think it is all right to disrespect the dead like that. To the person who dug up those graves: God knows what you did and you know what you did was seriously wrong.

We may never find out who you are but the Lord has your number. And to the families of this crime, I’m sorry for your pain. I hope your loved ones can now truly rest in peace.

Vickie Donell-Williams


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