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Graveyard hit by vandals and now a car wreck

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Shattered glass and parts of a car bumper are left behind at Old City Cemetery. That's after, investigators say, a car cruising along Desired Street two weeks ago went over a set of railroad tracks, overturned, and landed on the property.

Three people were inside and all were leaving a club, according to police. They're recovering from minor injuries.

"I cringed and my heart sank. There's a tone of history and it just breaks my heart," Lora Peppers said.

Peppers serves as the president of "Friends of Old City Cemetery." She's hoping the damages caused by the crash won't be a buried issue for long. Police are waiting on lab results to figure out if alcohol was a factor.

"I'm hoping the city or whomever is responsible will step up and make the repairs," Peppers said.

There are other concerns besides repairing the damage that was done because of the crash. Some are saying vandals are sneaking into the graveyard at night, damaging parts of the property.

"The headstone, the statue was in pieces on the ground, someone had come through and vandalized it. It just breaks my heart," Peppers said.

Many local figures have been laid to rest in this graveyard. From Louisiana Supreme Court judges to mayors.

Peppers believes the site has the potential to make the city some extra cash, through tours and events.

"They do cemetery tours all the time out in Natchitoches and Natchez, Mississippi, which are big draws to the economy," Peppers said.

Peppers is hoping residents will tag along with her in better preserving this piece of property.

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