Local Boy's Grave Vandalized

By: Erin Pulsanti Email
By: Erin Pulsanti Email

Barbara and Patrick Kincaid are still grieving the loss of their eleven year old son, Patrick. A process, they say, is made harder as vandals continuously desecrate his grave.

"He had heart trouble since he was born," explains Barbara Kincaid. He had his third and final open heart surgery March 26 of 2009 and he passed away March 28, 2009."

Since putting their son to rest, Barbara and her husband have had yet another issue to contend with. The Parkersburg Memorial Garden Cemetery often falls victim to vandals who, Barbara says, constantly target Patrick's grave.

"We've come up to the cemetery to visit him numerous times and it has been vandalized," Barbara says. "Stuff has been torn off of it, flowers destroyed. Numerous toys, he had Toy Story toys, have been stolen.

It's just awful. And his grave, it just seems like it's always getting hit. I'm a mom, a parent, and I'm sick of it. I have good days and then I come up here and I see that and it pushes me back."

Barbara says she and her husband have spent over $500 repairing the destruction to their son's site. She says if the people responsible aren't caught she'll have no choice but to stop decorating the grave site.

The Kincaid's already notified the Parkersburg Police Department about the vandalism and now they're asking the community for help.

"My ultimate goal in this is getting the word out to the community," Barbara says. "It is going on. And possibly, if someone could step forward and donate to the cemetery, cameras or something, anything would help."

The Kincaid's understand that the vandals may never be arrested. Barbara says no matter what they do to his grave- nobody will ever be able to take away her favorite memory of Patrick.

"His smile," Barbara says. "He always had a smile on his face no matter how bad he felt."

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