DECATUR, Ind. (WANE) — A father wants answers after a piece from his son’s gravesite headstone was stolen. It’s one of several markers that have been damaged in the Decatur Cemetery within the last couple weeks.
It’s been more than 30 years since Adam Eguia lost his 5-year-old son Aaron. Still, he visits frequently. Eguia checked on his son’s grave a few weeks ago and everything was fine. But when he returned last week, he found the guardian angel that usually sits on top of the headstone missing.
“It was taken from my son’s grave,” he said. “We had it there for over 30 years. It’s part of him. The only thing that we had left. And that’s what we have there to honor him.”
Eguia said the guardian angel is special to him and his family.
“The angel that we had set up is leading him by the hand taking him to heaven,” he said. “That’s the way that we felt that it happened. He’s in God’s hands now because the angel is guiding him. Now someone has taken that.”
Aaron Eguia’s gravesite isn’t the only that may have been messed with. Several headstones appear to have vandalized – either knocked over or broken. One near Aaron Eguia’s has a cross missing.
“I really can’t believe that people would honestly do that,” he said. “Just come over and vandalize for the heck of it or the fun of it. I can’t believe that.”
Aaron’s father hopes someone will just return the piece.
“Even if they come back and put it on the stone and leave it sit there,” said Eguia. “We will take care of re-attaching it. Think about about what you’re doing. You’re not really hurting the people that are deceased. [It’s hurting] the people that have their families here. They have a lot of respect for these people. They do this at cemeteries to honor them. So think about that.”
Cemetery Superintendent Clayton Smith said he is disturbed by the vandalism and is looking into it. But despite the unfortunate situation, the cemetery is not liable for the damage. Adam Eguia said he filed a report with the police department.