Camas rallies to replace vandalized headstone

first_imgA name, dates of birth and death, and a quote from the Bible: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” Timothy 4:7.That’s most of what anyone knows of Alexander Stuber, the man whose gravestone was smashed into pieces last fall.Police were called at 11:40 p.m. Oct. 23 and found that 15 headstones in Camas Cemetery had been toppled.Camas police investigated the incident and by the next day had arrested Michael Garwood, 21, of Camas. He originally faced 15 counts of violating laws that protect cemeteries and second-degree criminal mischief, but the prosecuting attorney’s office didn’t file the charges. Charges against Garwood could be filed later, Sgt. Scot Boyles said. The case remains open, and police are actively looking for a second suspect.Most of the gravestones were pushed off their base, so crews put them upright the next morning. Stuber’s marker though, made of 2-inch thick marble, was smashed beyond repair.“I’ve always dreaded that some day this might happen,” said Ed Senchyna, senior grounds maintenance worker at Camas Cemetery.Senchyna said they don’t know if Stuber has any living family. When a gravestone is destroyed and the deceased has no known relatives, Senchyna said, the grave often goes unmarked.But the community wouldn’t have it.Despite the little knowledge of Stuber — he died in 1908 at age 41 — that didn’t stop the community from making sure the man had a proper grave marker.last_img read more