The graves of Beckley’s founder and his relatives were found vandalized Christmas Day, and city police are searching for those responsible.

Around 5 p.m. Sunday, a man reported vandalism at Wildwood Cemetery at 700 Wildwood Ave., said Cpl. R.E. Redden. The cemetery parallels South Kanawha Street. Cpl. John Brown found six grave stones — those of city founder Gen. Alfred Beckley and his family members — broken and damaged. How they were broken and damaged remains unknown. The damage estimate is about $3,600.

The time when the crime occurred remains unknown, Redden said. The case has been referred to the detective bureau.

According to Wikipedia, Gen. Beckley was a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He died May 26, 1888, his 86th birthday.

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