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Crews clean up damaged tombstones in Jewish cemetery

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Hundreds of headstones were turned over at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City Sunday. Credit: KMOV Hundreds of headstones were turned over at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City Sunday. Credit: KMOV
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Crews have been hard at work all day trying to upright hundreds of headstones that were damaged at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery. 

Police say there is nothing to indicate this was a hate crime, but they are not ruling it out.
 
While they work to find the people responsible, the Anti-Defamation league is offer $10,000 for information leading to an arrest.

When the cemetery opened it's gates at 8 a.m. Tuesday, dozens of people were there to check on their loved ones' final resting place. Janet Levin had to see the destruction for herself. Vandals hit her grandparents grave over the weekend. 

"You may be hurting somebody's feelings, but what are you gaining?" she said.

The Jewish cemetery is more than 125 years old. Police say they don't know if it was targeted based on religion. but it has the Jewish community on edge.

Police say they are reviewing surveillance video from the cemetery as well as nearby businesses. They've also increased patrols in the area, specifically at religious institutions. 


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