ATHENS, Texas — The Henderson County Sheriff's Office is searching for the three suspects who allegedly vandalized the historic Goshen Cemetery near Eustace.
According to Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, around 8 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were alerted that 35 headstones were damaged. The sheriff says vandals did more than $120,000 worth of damages.
“Our team is actively investigating and interviewing people and I will be asking Crime Stoppers to offer a reward for the arrest of these suspects,” Hillhouse said.
The crime shocked those in the community, particularly those with family buried at the historic cemetery.
"For people who can't speak for themselves, it's a terrible thing to destroy their final statement of life," James Yelvington, an Austin resident visiting family, said "To come in here and do this makes me curious as to what type of entertainment this would be for someone or if they're even in their right mind."
Hillhouse says the suspects could face felony criminal mischief charges for the crime.
“I don’t intend to let this stand,” Hillhouse said. “For the sake of the families with kinfolk buried there, I want these criminals caught and prosecuted,” he said.
If you have any information regarding the crime, contact the HCSO at 903-675-5128.