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Vandalism suspected at Murrieta Veterans Memorial


Last updated 7/14/2018 at 1:13pm

Randon Lane

Murrieta City Council member Randon Lane found the MIA/POW Monument at the Murrieta Veterans Memorial damaged this morning. Murrieta PD is investigating the incident.

This morning, Murrieta City Councilman Randon Lane was visiting the Murrieta Veterans Memorial with his daughter when he noticed something out of place.

"I was videotaping some stuff and when I looked a little closer, I was like, that doesn't look right," Lane said.

When he got closer to the MIA/POW Monument at the memorial, he saw that the chair looked like it had been smashed in.

"I immediately called our city manager and the police were called," Lane said. "They came out and took fingerprints - got some good prints and they are looking (for) security video."

After contacting the right people, Lane had some time to reflect on what he saw.

"I just became extremely frustrated, it's just ... I was irritated, disappointed and upset," he said.

Lane posted what he found on his Facebook account and said he has received an outpouring of support from the community.

"It is with great sadness and frustration that I report the MIA/POW Monument at the Murrieta Veterans Memorial was vandalized last night," Lane's post read. "Someone decided to smash in the chair of the monument and leave it in pieces."

The post has been shared more than 90 times since he posted it around noon and there are more than 50 comments on the post.

Randon Lane

The MIA/POW Monument at the Murrieta Veterans Memorial was damaged overnight.

"We have had an outpouring of support from the community," Lane said. "Lots of people have been reaching out to me on social media, including a representative from a group called Veteran Nation, and they are all asking about what they can do."

Lane said anyone with any information about the incident can contact the Murrieta Police Department at 951-304-2677.

"So far, I haven't received any updates," Lane said.

The estimated cost of the damage is $2,000, and Lane said if people want to help right away, he suggests they write a check to the Murrieta Veterans Memorial Fund and mail it to 1 Town Square, Murrieta, California.

"It is an unfortunate situation," he said. "We are going to make sure we get it repaired as soon as possible."

Jeff Pack can be reached at [email protected]


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