Statue of Jesus repainted after a Logan County cemetery was vandalized
LEWISBURG, Ky. – A Logan County family is offering a reward after a statue placed at the grave of a young man was vandalized.
Glenn O’Neal was only 22 years-old when he died in a car accident in 2004.
Since then, he has been buried in a small cemetery near his mothers’ home in Lewisburg.
“Glenn was one of a kind. Anybody that met him just loved him,” said O’Neal’s mother, Diane Mitchell.
About a week ago, a family member was at the cemetery and sent a horrifying picture to O’Neal’s sister and mother.
The statue of Jesus overlooking O’Neal’s grave had been vandalized.
“Both of us cried. Didn’t know anybody could be so cruel as to do anything like that. As soon as we got from Bowling Green, got back from Bowling Green we come up here and looked at it and immediately we got some paint and fixed it because it was such a disgrace for him, for us,” said Mitchell.
The family hopes the vandals will be caught and pay for what they have done.
But Maranda Johnson, O’Neal’s sister, says she is ready to move on from the incident.
“I think I forgiven them. I think I forgave them the moment that the painting was done and to see how good that it looked after it was done but there is always a place in your heart that is kind of bitter,” said Johnson.
“I was very, very angry when this first happened. I’m still angry but not as angry as I was,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell says she has some suspects in mind for who might have done it, but for now, it remains a mystery.
The family along with some of O’Neal’s friends are offering a $2000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the vandalism.
If you have any information, contact the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.