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GRPD investigating vandalism at Jewish Cemetery

Posted at 3:42 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 15:42:24-05

The Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) is investigating vandalism that happened earlier today at a Jewish cemetery.

The vandalism occurred at the Ahavas Achim Cemetery, located at 1801 Garfield Ave. NW, where several headstones were spray-painted.

Six headstones were spray painted with red spray paint, as the damage appears to be relatively new.

"TRUMP" was painted on the back of four headstones, while "MAGA" was written on two of them.

Michigan Jewish Democratsreleased a statement on the vandalism earlier this evening.

"The Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus is appalled and outraged by the desecration of Ahavas Israel cemetery in Grand Rapids, a year after the city’s reform synagogue was vandalized with antisemitic imagery, and on the day Donald Trump is slated to close his campaign with a rally in Grand Rapids," the organization said in the statement.

Libertarian politician Justin Amash, who was born to Arab-Christian parents, also tweeted about the incident Monday evening, condeming the anti-semitism shown in the vandalism.

There are no suspects at the time, and no evidence was left at the scene.

This is an on-going investigation,