Officials: Damaged Headstones at Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery | Maryland News

DUNDALK, Md. (AP) — Dozens of headstones were toppled at a Ukrainian Catholic cemetery in suburban Baltimore last week, officials said.

Church officials said some 49 headstones were knocked over and damaged last week at Dundalk Cemetery operated by St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in Baltimore last week, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Baltimore County Police spokeswoman Sgt. Gladys Brown said the department was investigating, but she could not immediately say whether the vandalism was being investigated as a hate crime.

A neighbor at the cemetery called cemetery administrator Stephen Humeniuk on Wednesday to alert him to the damage. The timing of the incident – just before Russia invaded Ukraine – is hard to ignore, he said.

“The first thing you think is a hate crime, but you can’t prove it,” said Humeniuk, who also sits on the church’s board. “There were no notes. There was no spray paint. Nothing to indicate that. It was just the time of the incident and the crisis in Ukraine.

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The cemetery is protected by a locked gate, but there was a hole in its fence, and now the church is considering installing security cameras, Humeniuk said.

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