Teens Charged In Memorial Vandalism

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two teenagers are being charged in juvenile court in the vandalism of the Iraqi Freedom Memorial at Island Park in Mount Pleasant.
The Morning Sun in Mount Pleasant reports that the 13- and 14-year-olds are being charged with malicious destruction of a memorial with damage between $1,000 and $20,000. Names weren't released.
Police received a tip about the boys' involvement. They face a May 11 hearing.
A brass rifle and helmet were stolen earlier this month from the memorial, about 120 miles northwest of Detroit.
It honors members of the U.S. military killed in Iraq. It was donated in memory of Marine Lance Cpl. Justin M. Ellsworth. The 20-year-old from Mount Pleasant was killed Nov. 13, 2004 by a roadside bomb during a foot patrol in Al Anbar province.

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  • by Joanne Location: Eaton Rapids on Apr 24, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    I am so glad they have been caught. What they did was so disrespectful, which is a major problem in our society today.
  • by Amber Location: Lansing on Apr 24, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    It may sound harsh, but hopefully they get the most severe punishment allowed for this. These kids need to learn respect and to respect the men and women who die so that they can run around and be punks.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    Although the war memorial symbolizes the worse that humanity, it symbolize the best characters of being a humanitarian.
  • by AK Location: Michigan on Apr 24, 2009 at 08:30 AM
    All I have to say about these kids is they have no respect for anything.
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