Cemetery vandalism hits home for local families

Vandals inflicted damage to 39 headstones at the Hilltop Memorial Cemetery recently and the hunt by local police for those responsible continues. (The Enterprise/Jayme Fraser).

NYSSA – Robert Deleon grew alarmed as he heard about the vandal damage at Hilltop Memorial Cemetery west of Nyssa.

He learned the headstone of his mother, Lupe T. DeLeon, had been destroyed.

So were the headstones of his grandfathers, Jose ‘P Deleon Sr. and Pablo Haro.

And of his aunt, Margie Haro.

And his father’s cousin, Richard Para.

Then he learned the memorial bench he and his siblings had put in at their mother’s grave also was destroyed.

In all, headstones for five of seven relatives buried at Hilltop were destroyed.

“For a little while, I thought someone was . . .