A small wooden cross lies on the ground at Cross Creek Cemetery section 5.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -
Several people in Fayetteville are upset after finding damage at their loved ones' gravesites. Right now, section five of the Cross Creek Cemetery has ruts from tractor tires and several markers are broken and knocked over.
Family members with loved ones buried there say careless city-county employees are to blame.
The cemetery is managed by the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks and Recreation Department. In a written statement Tuesday, the department's director Michael Gibson said, "The recent snowy weather backed up some funerals and made the ground soggy, causing the ground to become muddy and marred. This can be repaired and Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation will be working on the repairs."
Some family members say grave markers have been run over so often that some plots can no longer be identified and several of the headstones that are supposed to be flush with the ground's surface have been pushed too deep into the ground and becoming covered with dirt.
"It's so easy to run over a headstone," explained Paul Carrillo whose brother is buried in section five. "If you look at the rest of the cemetery they're upright and you're not driving something over it. This is just negligence. It's just bad workmanship. No one is taking pride in their work."
Carrillo said some of the blame also rests on the companies that dig the graves in the cemetery.
Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon.More>>