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Family wants answers after loved one's gravestone is damaged
By: Maria Miller
SOUTH FORK, Pa. -- 6 News reported earlier this week about an incident in Clearfield County where someone lost control of their car and damaged several headstones before driving away. Now in Cambria County 6 News is learning of what appears to be a similar situation, although in this case the family says it happened nearly two months ago and they're just now finding out.
It happened at the South Fork Cemetery to a World War II veteran's stone. It appears as if his stone was the only one that was damaged but because police don't have much information to go on, the family said they're not even sure if it was vandalism or just an accident.
"He deserved better. He was a good man, a very good man," said Nathan Turchak. "We deserve better."
Nathan and Mary Turchak said it was a local funeral director who called them Wednesday to let them know their father's gravestone had been knocked over and damaged, but according to a police report the incident actually happened nearly two months ago and was reported by the cemetery's caretaker.
"He contacted police and said that the stone was hit by an unknown vehicle, but I feel that he should have contacted the family also," Mary said. "It's just not right and somebody needs to be held responsible."
With an upset family left with several questions, 6 News tried to get some answers but a number wasn't listed for the cemetery association and a number for the the caretaker was no longer in use.
"I don't feel, as the family, that we should be responsible for putting the stone back up," Nathan said. "The cemetery association should put it back up."
The Turchaks said more than anything, they're hurt and just want the person responsible to come forward.
"Accidents happen but if it was vandalism it's wrong," Nathan said. "We paid a real lot of money for the stone and to have it laying down, it's not right."
"If somebody would come forward and say you know, 'It was me, it was a true accident,' we would totally understand," Mary said. "You can see the corner, you can see what we're on, but just to do it and walk away it's not right."
The family told 6 News they can't really afford to offer a reward, but they will if they have to. They said they just hope whoever is responsible comes forward.