More Gravestones Found in East Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/18/04

More Gravestones Found in East Lubbock

The gravestones were found on private property in east Lubbock county. Investigators counted 15 to 20 discarded stones, mostly with Hispanic names on them. A witness says the stones have been sitting on the land for at least a decade.

A Lubbock county employee working on the roads notified the county about a pile of gravestones he remembered seeing ten years ago. John Grace with the Lubbock District Attorney's Office says they searched all over to find which piece of property and finally found the pile of 15 to 20 gravestones east of town on private property.

"As far as we know these are what we call 'blems.' They're just blemished gravestones that couldn't be used. And were just discarded," said Grace.

Defense Attorney Steve Claus represents 60 people who want to sue the City of Lubbock and the Lubbock Cemetery for lost bodies and gravestones. He was there taking pictures as evidence for his records. "Do any of these names ring a bell?" asked NewsChannel 11. "It's hard to say. When you're looking for 100 different names it's hard to remember any particular name. We have numerous Hispanics in the lawsuit and we found several Hispanic names here today (Friday.) Possibly they will match up," said Claus.

"Some aren't marked at all. They're just broke. They couldn't be used. Some have names but no dates. But the ones that are dated are dated in the late 80s and 90s," pointed out Grace.

Grace says they have found no evidence that the gravestones were thrown out with bad intentions. Grace also says this is the only site he has found discarded gravestones, but he's checking to see if there might be any more.

This is the second site that was found with discarded gravestones. The first site was at the Hancock farm, city owned property. Investigators say those gravestones were discarded and had no relation to the missing gravestones at the Lubbock Cemetery.

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