Dozens of vandalized headstones are seen at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in St. Louis on Feb. 20, 2017. Screengrab from KSDK-St. Louis video

Vandals wreck headstones at historic Jewish cemetery in St. Louis

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (USA Today) Vandals damaged dozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery over the weekend, police said Monday (Feb. 20).

Karen Aroesty, the regional director for the St. Louis-area Anti-Defamation League, was alerted to the damage at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery and did a walk-through Monday afternoon. Aroesty said she was appalled at what she saw.

Police, who are reviewing security footage, would not say whether they are considering the incident a hate crime.


  1. I’ve seen this done at one of the oldest cemeteries in Canada. I don’t understand what leads one to such viciousness.

  2. Security footage will either be non-existent; grainy; or right out of Hollywood Dylan Roof style.

  3. So where do cemeteries usually keep cameras? I figured given the story, you would know this sort of thing.

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