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Vandals damage grave markers in West Michigan

Nov 6th, 2012 - Local News

NELSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Vandals damaged several grave markers at a West Michigan cemetery, including one for a National Guardsman killed in Iraq seven years ago.

Cynthia and Tim Brown visited Timothy Brown's gravesite at the East Nelson Cemetery in Kent County's Nelson Township and discovered the vandalism. Randy Tate, Cynthia Brown's brother, says it's "very disturbing to all of us" and made the anniversary more difficult.

The military has said 23-year-old Army Spc. Timothy Brown of Cedar Springs, was killed Nov. 4, 2005 by a roadside bomb while checking for explosives around the Humvee in which he and four other soldiers were riding.

The Kent County sheriff's department is investigating the cemetery vandalism, which is believed to have taken place late Friday or early Saturday.

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