04/18/2019 — Marietta, Georgia — A tombstone and decorations are displayed away from their original plot at Holly Springs Cemetery, located at 2799 Holly Springs Road, in Marietta, Thursday, April 18, 2019. Local residents are upset that six to a dozen cemetery plots and tombstones were damaged last week when a vehicle drove through the cemetery in East Cobb. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
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Cobb cemetery damage investigation stalls due to lack of tips

Cobb County detectives investigating damage to several grave markers caused by a vehicle plowing through a cemetery have hit a brick wall in their probe.

Officers investigating the case have not received any tips on who caused the damage, so the case is listed as inactive, said Cobb County police spokesman Officer Neil Penirelli. 

Penirelli said the two incident reports filed by a resident and a representative of the Cobb County Cemetery Preservation Commission have been labeled as “exceptionally cleared,” meaning detectives are not actively investigating the cases. 

“However, if circumstances change in the future they could be re-opened,” he said. 

Someone drove through the graveyard at Holly Springs Cemetery at 2799 Holly Springs Road and left a trail of damage. Tire tracks were seen in the grass and gravel along the path of the headstones, an incident report said.

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Tracy Kinnemore, an East Cobb resident whose daughter’s headstone was damaged, said news of the cases’ status has left her devastated. 

“They are not looking into it,” she said of Cobb police. “Unless someone comes forward, nothing will be done.”

The headstone of Kinnemore’s daughter, Angel Nicole Fabrizi, was broken off and marred with flecks of blue paint likely from the vehicle that struck it.

The church that used to be on the property no longer owns the cemetery and transferred ownership to the Holly Springs Memorial Association, said Sybil Davidson, a spokeswoman with the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. The association’s website has no contact information listed for the group. 

Kinnemore said she received a quote that indicates it would cost her about $1,100 to repair the damaged headstone. She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she is waiting for additional quotes before deciding to move forward.

The East Cobb resident, who has six family members buried at the cemetery, said someone in the community “has to know something,” but no one is saying anything.

“I feel like I’m the only one who cares about my child,” she added. 

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