Veterans’ graves vandalized on Memorial Day in Fort Morgan

FORT MORGAN, Colo. (KDVR) – Jenny Kain takes great pride in decorating her grandfather’s gravesite for Memorial Day at the Fort Morgan Cemetery. She says Dale Latoski was a soldier in World War II.

“It’s important to me that he is remembered for what he did,” Kain said.

She and her family placed flowers, flags and other decorations around the grave on Monday and were shocked to learn that his grave was vandalized hours later.

“Everything was broken. Pots were busted and shattered, and flowers torn up everywhere,” she said. “I just fell apart.”

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At least seven other graves were desecrated. Fort Morgan Police arrested 27-year-old Michelle Morgan, who was found in the area, on suspicion of criminal mischief and desecration of a venerated object.

“She didn’t only do it to us. She did it to so many other people, and I mean I just guess I will never understand why somebody would want to do that,” Kain said.

Fort Morgan Police Chief Loren Sharp said about $5,000 in damage was done.

“Several pots that are often left at the tombstones were broken and then moved to another area of the cemetery. At this point we don’t know where all of them came from,” Sharp said. “It’s horrible to see something like that happen at any time, this is a place where people go for their final resting place, but especially on Memorial Day when so many families are out there seeing it and having to deal with that. It’s a horrible tragedy.”

Sharp said anyone whose family’s gravesite is missing any items at Fort Morgan Cemetery should let the cemetery’s administration know.

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