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Cemetery's Headstones Damaged After Trump Rally (Photo)

| by Brendan Kelly

More than a dozen gravestones were damaged after supporters and protestors of presidential candidate Donald Trump parked in a Bloomington, Illinois, cemetery to attend a Trump rally.

Parking was limited for Trump’s March 13 rally in Bloomington, so attendees used the nearby East Lawn Memorial Gardens graveyard as a parking lot.

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Cars driving through the graveyard muddied the lawn and destroyed at least a dozen headstones and graves, according to WICS.

The Illinois Association of Firefighters shared a photo of the damage and said several firefighters, along with other members of the community, came to the cemetery to repair the damage.

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“There was trash everywhere, where they had driven over numerous stones,” Bloomington firefighter John Meckley told WJBC. “Fortunately, not all were damaged, but there were rows and rows and rows of headstones that were driven over.”

After photos of the damage began spreading on social media, volunteers showed up with tools to help restore the cemetery.

“It was a community gathering of … this is not tolerable, this is not acceptable,” Meckley said.

Meckley told WJBC he is not sure how people attending the rally could not have noticed they were parking in a cemetery.

Sources: WJBC, WICS / Photo credit: WJBC

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